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Repairing bubbling (blown) plaster on an interior wall

I have no idea what kind of wall this is. Both my walls that are near radiators have this bubbling plaster look. I have read that painting with temperature differences may cause the bubbling (such as ...
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How do I install laminate counter tops? What are some tips/tricks to it?

I'm preparing to install a new laminate counter top in my kitchen; as this is the first I have installed by myself, I would like to know if there are any tip/tricks or things to look out for while ...
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Does the specific gravity of a lead-acid battery indicate degradation?

Let say I have a battery that is a few years old. When it was new, the specific gravity was indicating 1.265 when full, and it lasted fairly long. If I do an equalization charge, for the same ...
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What are Automatic Garage Door Options for a Garage with a Low Ceiling Clearance?

I have a tuck under single car garage in my bungalow that currently has carriage doors that have seen better days. I would like to replace the carriage doors with an automatic (and insulated) door, ...
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What would cause my filtered water to have a thin transparent film suspended in it?

I have a filtered water dispenser in my Whirlpool refrigerator door. Lately I've noticed when dispensing water into a clean glass, that there are patches of a thin transparent film suspended in the ...
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What can I do about my lawn growing unevenly/patchy?

I last mowed about 3 weeks ago. There are parts of my front and back yards where the grass looks like it's ready to be mowed again, but other parts that look almost the same as they did fresh after ...
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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of 4-6" of gravel, with deck blocks ...
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Refinished Rusty Railings Already Rusted!

I have exterior steel railings that have factory seal and paint. They started rusting, due to nicks in the paint, from show shovels, kids, etc. In summer 2009, I completely stripped one of the ...
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Fuse replacement in Xantrex solar charge controller

I have a Xantrex XW-MPPT60-150 solar charge controller. The moment came where I need to replace the fuse that protects the charger. The problem is that I need to replace it with Littlefuse KLKD 1 (...
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What should I pack behind a cast iron fireplace?

I have a cast iron open fireplace which is (loosely) attached to the chimney breast in my living room by the mantle piece. There is a small but significant gap behind it where the bricks have been ...
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Plastic bucket under gutter downspout

I am doing some work around my gutter downspouts and found that underneath the ones at the front of my house, someone had buried 2-gallon plastic potting containers (upside down). There was a piece ...
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My kitchen has no real walls. Is this going to be a problem?

I recently redid my kitchen, which included removing the back splash and putting in new tile, but when I went to remove the old tile, I found that the tile is only attached to drywall. Knowing this ...
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How cold can it be when painting exterior?

Last fall we rebuilt our front porch steps. Now we are finally getting warmer weather and I want to paint these as soon as I can. The primer I have does not give a minimum temp rating. I figured if ...
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Kitchen sprayer only uses half the water, how to fix?

I have a Moen kitchen faucet with separate sprayer. When I use the sprayer, it only cuts the main water flow by about half and sprays with the rest. Every other sprayer I've used will transfer all of ...
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322 views

Using screws to install a set of french doors?

I am installing a set of french doors. I have installed many doors before, but I was curious as to whether or not anyone has tried using countersunk screws to install the door? If I needed to adjust ...
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Non-toxic materials for edging garden

I'm looking for a edging for my garden which is non-toxic. I've currently got pressure treated lumber (supposedly it is not arsenic laced). I've been stapling chicken wire to the top of the lumber to ...
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Indoor sliding doors now stick at the top after replacing rollers

I have sliding doors for a wardrobe, and i replaced the roller-wheels. Now they stick at the top, its as if they are too close together. I replaced the wheels in the same spot on the door, but they ...
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refractometer instead of hydrometer for battery testing?

some one pointed out to me that there is a better and more accurate way, as he says, to measure the specific gravity of my lead-acid battery then the simple hydrometer. he suggested some thing like ...
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How to prepare cinder block wall for painting?

I'd like to paint our cinder block wall but wanted to smooth the surface first. What are my options besides installing sheetrock on a wall?
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How do I trace the cabling in a “Ring Main”

I have a "ring main" with many sockets on it, it is clear that it has been extended over the years. How do I trace the cabling to. Check that it is a single ring That only one socket is on each ...
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What are some tips for deep cycle battery maintenance for an offgrid solar system?

I have an off grid solar system, with an 240AH 24v deep cycle battery, and the system (and all of the components in it) is a year and a half old. i have several questions and i hope that some one ...
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What is good advice for a beginner layng insulation?

Background I have a manufactured home from the 70's with metal siding, wood studded walls and fiberglass insulation on the inside. I had a clogged gutter, which caused water to run behind the siding, ...
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Need advice, Curtains, blinds, Shades? which to use, whats in currently?

i need to purchase curtains/blinds or shades for all my windows in my apartment. I have 5 windows - 1 being a bathroom. Its a small apartment and view outside the window isn't onto the main road but ...
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Standard height from floor to ceiling?

Is there a standard height from floor to ceiling. I want to install some false ceiling (plaster board) ... I seem to remember there was a standard but i don't remember it Any help really appreciated
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How can I fix an exterior door that is hard to close?

when I try to close the laundry door it ovelaps the jamb on the handle side. I can only close it by banging it hard against the jamb. The gap at the top of the door increases as it gets closer to the ...
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What kind of gravel should I use to pave over dirt and grass?

I want to "pave" a path from our deck steps to a fence gate, and about 200 square feet under the deck, with gravel. Currently these areas are dirt and grass. Two things I want to consider are a) ...
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How do I level a small yard?

I have a small grassy area in my back yard surrounded by one of those "curvy concrete" borders. The ground is wavy and needs to be lefeled but the ground is solid as a rock. I have no idea how the ...
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How to ensure proper drainage in a back yard

Most homes in the Phoenix Metro area have slump block walls around separating the side and back yards. My house has a small side yard with a grass area and the back area is red brick on half and a ...
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How do I avoid condensation issues with an insulated garage roof?

Yesterday it was raining (slight overexaggeration of course) :-) inside my garage... Hood of the car was covered with nasty orange water spots. It's an attached garage. There's no garage "ceiling" (...
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Is it worth it to replace old style breakers with GFCI or AFCI breakers?

I have older wiring on my house (2-wire) BX. And while it's all in good condition, and I do check the outlets monthly to make certain it's still grounded, I'm wary of the BX sheathing as the ground. ...
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How do I stop weeds in desert landscaping?

The primary culprit is actually grass. Grass killer isn't an option because there are fruit trees involved. My understanding is that a couple of inches of rock will stop them. My wife disagrees. ...
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AEG “micromat_combi 635” halts with error E14. What to do?

My AEG MICROMAT_COMBI 635 often halts with a beep and an error E14. I then need to temporarily unplug it from the mains power. I remember this annoying error occurring since years (it first made me ...
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How can I build a custom stair case in a small space?

In my continuing pursuit of gutting this house and trying to better it; the snow has finally broken and its time to get back to work. We really, REALLY, want to use the attic space as storage / den / ...
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What is my drill hitting and not penetrating when I hang curtains?

I'm living in an apartment. So far I've put up 2 sets of curtains and had the same troubles with both attempts. One set was over a sliding mirrored closet door (tacky!) and the other set was over a ...
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How do I add a receptacle from a switch located on the end run of an existing split receptacle?

I need to add a new receptacle to a room. The only convenient source of power for that receptacle in behind a light switch. The challenge is that the aforementioned switch is located on the end run of ...
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What are good cleaners to use on pruning shears?

I'm new to the realm of shrubbery trimming, though have gotten some good results already. Now, however, I need to clean my pruning shears so they don't rust / get sticky. What are good cleansers to ...
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How do I install concrete blocks to support deck stairs?

I just had a deck constructed and it failed inspection, partly because of missing concrete blocks where the steps meet the ground (see also my related question Deck handrail bracket). How would I go ...
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Deck handrail bracket

I just had a deck built and it failed inspection, partly because of the lack of a graspbable handrail (see also my related question Concrete blocks supporting deck stairs) . The current rail is a ...
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Shower faucet ring won't budge

I'm in the middle of repairing a leaky shower faucet but I can't remove a certain ring from the faucet mechanism. I have sprayed the area with WD-40 and will try again in the morning. Below are some ...
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How can I efficiently heat a pool?

Continuously heating a pool can be expensive and the best ways to lower the cost are to have a cumbersome pool cover in addition to the equipment needed (solar or an AC-like heat pump). There must be ...
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Red brick efflorescence

I have a dark red brick house. On the back side of my house I seem to have an issue with efflorescence on the brick. So I did some research and someone mentioned using muratic acid or some form of ...
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What would cause a clothes dryers thermal cutoff to keep tripping?

I have Kenmore dryer model 110.96588210. For about 10 years it worked flawlessly. Then, its thermal cutoff started blowing in an unreasonable frequency. Since the hi-limit thermostat must be replaced ...
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Can I install sheet vinyl flooring in a basement that gets wet on occasion?

Our basement is usually dry, but every so often we have torrential rainstorms in the spring and we are downhill from our neighbors. We get some water overnight in a small stream that we can mop up. ...
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How much paint do I need to apply to a new Shurline roller at the beginning of a paint job?

I am painting a ceiling and it seems there are many more roller marks than when painting a wall. To be honest this time around the evenness of the paint on the walls even seems lower quality. I ...
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Cutting and cleaning glass

My neighbor has offered me two panes of glass. They're about 40 x 100cm and stained in places by what I assume is some sort of oil (I haven't examined them closely). I'm interested in making them ...
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Is it possible to remove colored paint from cedar shingles and then stain them?

We are buying an old house that has cedar shingles (I think they are cedar, they are some type of wood) and I was wondering if its completely crazy to think we can power wash or strip the maroon red ...
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Why is my AFCI breaker tripping and my surge protector clicking?

I've really got two possibly related issues here. We have a basement office that we wired ourselves. Code required that we put in an AFCI breaker. From what I've read these can be pretty temperamental ...
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How can I clean calcium deposits off my mirror?

I live in Denmark and water is containing high amounts of calcium so my bathroom mirror has all these white spots which are so hard to remove, any ideas for a dissolver or something?
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1answer
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Screwing into the grout line between glass tiles

I'm about to mount some shelving brackets onto a wall of 1" square glass tiles. The entire wall is backed by 5/8" plywood, so I don't have to worry about hitting a stud. With that kind of ...
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Are push in connectors up to code?

Just came across a neat product at the local hardware store, but I wonder if they are up to code and safe to use. They are a wire nut that allows you to simply push the wires in, instead of twisting ...

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