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What adhesive would mate PLA and PVC?

I have two fixtures, a PVC pipe and a (3D Printed) socket made out of PLA that I would like to mate. I made a trip to the hardware store and was intimidated by the selection the fact that most ...
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How to recognize the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a given thing is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening?

How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening? Note: “What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?” is my post. Note: My home is a 1980 manufactured ...
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Is it OK to liquid nail drywall in a hard-to-reach corner?

I need to drywall around an 8" air spiral pipe coming out of a wall at a 45 deg angle and there is very little room on the side between it and the wall the pipe runs parallel to. So it is very very ...
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How to keep pine needles out of a gutter?

The gutters on my house have screens over them to keep out leaves which seems to work but I have pine trees close enough to my house that I get pine needles all over my roof and the screens do nothing ...
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Utility Tray - how to calculate loads on beams

Im planning on making a tray for my truck/ute and want obviously need to work out the number and position of beams as well as the sort of material (cross sectional area to accommodate loads). how do i ...
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Removing a cast iron tub

I need to remove a 45 yo cast iron tub for a remodeling job and don't want to damage the surrounding walls etc too much. How were these things attached? And how do I unhook the plumbing etc to remove ...
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Aggregate base compatible with both walkway and pavers

I am in the process of specifying the options for a home we are building. The standard delivery includes a concrete walkway from the front door to the driveway, and a 4x7' concrete slab outside the ...
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Single phase vs three phase commercial air-conditioning

I have a building in which I am going to replace 9 3ton units. There is 3 phase in now but my tech suggests single phase. My clients pay for their own electricity. These machines have been in service ...
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kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on

When turn on water it comes out at first with so much force it will knock cup out of your hand then its normal after using but let it not be used for awhile and happens all over again
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Electrical turning off on its own

I have a 1938 home which was rewired with cloth covered wires. We have changed all outlets and switches but one circuit will shut off sometimes repeatedly and sometimes will stay on for 6 hours. ...
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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air ...
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Basement subfloor using p.t. sleepers and plywood?

I am a contractor in the Boston area. I need to install a subfloor over a concrete basement floor. I am thinking of using p.t. sleepers and 3/4" plywood. Is this an efficient and cost effective method ...
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Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?

I'm in an old house that has been mostly rewired in the last 15 years. I am in the USA so the power should be 110V, 220V but that is not the case. All day and night the power surges from 110V to 140V ...
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Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?

My wife and I recently moved into a ranch house built in 1956. If you look closely you can see where the previous own filled in what I assume to be two little nook shelves with regular old brick and ...
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How do I even out a pair of bookcases on an uneven floor?

So, I have a couple Ikea Billy bookcases, normal. I got them with doors, so with the forward weighting, I'm a bit extra paranoid about tipping. I put them together; all fine. Then I try to place ...
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What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?

Problem: No power in two receptacles. Note: Both receptacles on same circuit. What I have done: Checked the 15 amps circuit breakers with a volt tester. Each breaker reads 125 volts. Bought a ...
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What is 'hardware cloth' sold as in the UK?

Some instructions I am following from an American site call for 'hardware cloth'. It's a kind of square wire mesh, that can take weight. I can't find this on any UK sites (the closest I could find is ...
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How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?

I'm in desperate need of assistance. I'm a tenant living in a rented apartment and one end of the towel bar just fell out of its socket! Can anyone tell me how, if possible, I can fix it myself ...
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Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?
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Painting Prefinished baseboard

I'm looking at purchasing some prefinished baseboard to save me some time. My plan is just to paint it white. Am I correct in my thinking that since it is prefinished, I should just be able to paint ...
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How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?

I want to start connecting electronics (micro controllers) to run/manage power outlets, but everyone always states to leave it alone unless you have experience. Well, how does one get started without ...
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how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam?

how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam? In wet weather, water gets into my house. I need to create a berm of earth that will be grass covered, and it should also have a water barrier to keep the ...
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What tool should I use to remove a screw from cramped spaces?

I don't tackle many DIY projects. But when I do, the most frustrating thing is knowing that I'm doing things inefficiently. I watch a YouTube video where the guy says it should take 5 minutes to ...
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Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4

I am building a ladder similar to the one pictured. I want to cut hand-hold holes like the ones in the image. I am horrible with a jig-saw, and I don't think I could ever get them looking as nice as ...
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Will a spike protector work in reverse?

Will a spike protector work in reverse? Protect the circuit from an appliance? My attic lights' blubs blow 10x faster than any other bulbs in the house. I think it's because everything in the attic ...
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Hooks for floating shelves

I'm planning on drilling into my wall and putting screws into hang a floating shelf I got from Ikea. It's fairly small (about 30cm x 30cm) but I would like to leave about 10 text books on it. ...
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What are my insulation options around a shower?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and shower and I'll be replacing the insulation on the external wall. This wall is the "back" of the shower (opposite from where the water supply lines are). With this in ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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what if I used sour paint on my walls?

I used sour smelling paint on my walls in my spare bedroom about 2 months ago and the smell is still there even after I used fresh paint and put two more coats of the fresh paint. What should I do.? ...
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How to choose from options from house painting company?

I recently had someone from a painting company visit my house to give an estimate. He gave me three options: (1) the cheapest paint, six year warranty, $3000 (2) a thicker paint, nine year ...
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What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar

We rent an old farm house that has recently been renovated, the cellar has been tanked, it would be perfect as an office, but I'm out of breath just typing this question. It seems that either a ...
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Is insulation blockinng airflow of my vented soffit?

I have insulation shoved in front of my vented soffit's should the insulation Be there It was already there when we moved I didn't think much of an till I started doing some research after I blew in ...
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How can I find the square footage of an irregular driveway?

I need to know the square footage of a long, curving private road with two irregularly shaped adjoining driveways. I've printed out a bird's eye view of the property with Google, used the exact known ...
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What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?

I am house hunting in Houston. Every 2000-2004 house we've seen so far uses old A/C Unit and coils for R-22 Freon and not the newer R-410A Puron. Reference: ...
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LED Bulb Blinks on One Setting

I replaced the 40W R14 bulbs in my china closet with LED 40W R14 bulbs. The china closet lighting is touch activated and has three settings. The new LED bulbs work fine on the first and second ...
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How can I build a two-legged table?

I am building a rectangular coffee table and want to build it with two legs The table top will be 120cm x 100cm (approx 47x39inches). The table height will be 40cm (approx. 16 inches) the idea is ...
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Cinder Blocks crumbling

As it is evident from the pictures, cinder blocks on the bottom of the wall are disintegrating. I have tried painting with special paint but it continues to happen. How do I replace them? Why is ...
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Need to hang mirror, AC detected from stud finder

I'm a rookie with any sort of home renovation / improvement. My wife asked me to try and mount a mirror, its heavy, about 40 pounds. The mirror has two d-rings on the back and a big warning not to ...
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how do i get power to my dual switch without being controlled by the main light swich?

i have installed a light/fan combo in the bathroom to the light switch,i also installed a dual switch next to the toilet so i could turn the light or fan on individually. it all works ,however if the ...
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Can I get 3 double pole breakers in my circuit breaker?

I am considering purchasing a inline water heater and having it installed (Eco 24). Before I do though I want to know for sure that it is possible to install with my current breaker box (the water ...
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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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How to remove dresser drawers

I know there are several different types of drawer removal mechanisms. (Not sure on the names so feel free to edit) Free rolling. These open by simply rolling the drawer fully out and lifting the ...
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Is it really energy economy to use movement sensor for turn lights on?

I want to install those movement sensors in my house in replacement for the old light switch. I want to use those from elevator halls which has a 3 way switch to leave on, leave off and leave ...
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How to calculate size of electrical service?

I know that more goes into it than just the size of my mains (wire gauge, etc). but from the below image, would this generally mean that I have 200 amp service or 100 amp?
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replacing 20 amp breaker which is the test breaker

I need to replace the 20 amp circuit breaker on my cutler hammer 200 amp breaker box. this happens to be the TEST breaker. what is the difference in the test breaker and a any other breaker if I ...
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Filling plaster hole behind trunking

Hi an electrician recently replaced trunking round my wall. Removing the old pulled off some of the the plaster - the new has been stuck on top. The electrician was not concerned about filling the ...
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Outdoor HD ip camera - what do I need to take into consideration?

I'm in the market for an outdoor weather proof HD IP camera that can be remote controlled from a web-browser and can join a WLAN but gets power over a cable. I'm good with computers but new to the ...
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Removing Yellow Bleach stain from laminate counter

I had a blue stain on my white laminate vanity. picked up some bleach based bathroom cleaning liquid, for a few things. Thought I would give it a try on the stain on the counter. I left it for a few ...

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