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How to hang curtains drywall with no gap

How can I hang curtains on an exterior wall that only has 1/2" between the interior(painted) drywall surface and the beginning of the exterior wall? I tried to use a hollow wall anchor #6-32 x ...
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How to fix uneven central heating and air?

My central heating and air conditioning system does not heat my home evenly. Half of the house gets significantly warmer / cooler than the other half. I have tried adjusting the registers, but to no ...
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How do timing networks work?

I am curious on how timer networks are used in Corridor Lighting systems and what components are used?
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Will a Carrier heat pump generate hot air in the heat mode if the compressor is bad?

The heat pump works ok in putting out heat, but puts out hot air in ac mode as well. Had an hvac tech look at it. He replaced the capacitor and said the compressor was bad. Can the heat pump put ...
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Can I split a 60 amp split-phase circuit to multiple 15 or 20 ampere circuits?

I have two 60A (to my knowledge) split-phase outlets (14-50R) in a commercial building, which I'd like to break out semi-permanently to 120V outlets, ideally without having an electrician modify the ...
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Question regarding “dry spots” with latex paint

I've ran into a bit of a problem when painting a wall in our home today. We're in the process of redoing our stairwell, and one of the walls had a fairly noticeable paint run in it. The wall itself is ...
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Confusion regarding 2014 NEC

I am having trouble trying to understand new code. It says (or so I understand) that a GD, DW and refrigerator now be on AFCI and GFCI RECEPTACLES. Is GFCI required if those appliances (GD - DW) are ...
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Running NM Through Top Plates and Studs

What is the number limit of 15A & 20A NM circuits that can be pulled through a 1" hole drilled in a top plate (fire rated wall) and/or studs (both load bearing and not? Can NM wire(s) be tied ...
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Should I be switching just the hot, or both hot and neutral?

I'm thinking of building my own alarm clock because none of the one's I've found are meeting my needs, and because it's kind of fun. I am a bit out of my depth on at least on part though, and I want ...
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Power connected to dishwasher isn't tied into breaker panel - now what?

I'm in the process of ripping up old tile from a house we just bought, and started to take out our old dishwasher today. During the process I noticed it's hardwired from the wall. I went and flipped ...
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Is there a downside to using epoxy grout?

Other than cost and more complexity of install is there a downside to using epoxy grout?
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Corner post for flush beam deck

I'm replacing my deck. I would like to use a flush beam (same level as joists) at the edge opposite the ledger because I plan to put a roof over it and I can put the roof posts right on top of the ...
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What is the most solid way to mount floating shelves?

I want to install a series of floating shelves to hold mostly books and some other heavy items in my living room. I found this on Instructables where one use expansion bolt and 6mm thread bar for ...
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Can I stain without stripping?

I bought a headboard that I'd like to just stain darker without going through the whole stripping/sanding process. Is there a product or method that is best for this?
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Doubling the size of a closet with two rods

The closet currently contains one 48" rod, two flanges and two 1" wooden piece to support a shelf. I'm thinking of moving this one higher and installing a second rod lower to double the space in ...
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Connecting water to outside hose bibb

My house is missing a hose bibb at the front of the house, there are two all the way in the back of the house. To get water to the front of the house (for watering my lawn and washing my car), I have ...
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Placing fencepost close to house?

I am installing a privacy fence that will go right up against my house. I began digging a post hole that is about 6 inches away from my house, but about 20 inches down, I hit a bunch of cement which ...
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Why won't my side-by-side Whirlpool freezer freeze?

I have cleaned dust fom behind it, unplugged it, and taken the inside panel off and used a hairdryer defrost the coils. The bottom coils immediately freeze back, but not the top. What else do I need ...
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Connect open neutral in box?

I am adding an outdoor floodlight and when I opened the motion sensor box for the existing lights, I found the neutral wire feeding the light was not connected in the box. I think this neutral should ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, ...
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Is it possible to convert a sliding drawer into a rolling drawer?

I have a beautiful, reclaimed-wood fitted wardrobe made for my house by some folks in my social circle. I love it. Except. The drawers are huge and heavy, and simply slide out wood-on-wood, ...
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Preventative maintenance: mold in window Air conditioner

I just threw out a perfectly good window air conditioner because it had black mold stinking the place up. I know it can be cleaned, but I don't want to take any chances. I bought a new one and was ...
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Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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What type of concrete foundation do you pour for sand?

I have a piece of beach front land that is sand (sometimes wet), what kind of foundation do you pour for a home constructed on sand? What kind of considerations do you take in if its water front and ...
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Chalkboard shower surround?

I have enough slate chalkboard from an old school to make a shower surround. Support is not a problem, heavily reinforced concrete floors, cast iron tub with tile lip. Need advice on adhesive and ...
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Using Fence as a retaining wall

I have a fence, nearby which around which the ground is not level. the Kick boards (pressure treated) are around 2' high. Can i fill dirt and use fence as retaining wall. there is a post every 4'. If ...
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Adding recessed lighting to room with ceiling fan/light already installed

Ok, First off I have done small electrical projects like add outlets, but never anything major. I have a loft with a ceiling fan/light that is just not bright enough to light up the entire room. The ...
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sub panel to sub panel wiring

OK, I have a main panel 200amp in the house. Then in my shop out back I have a 200amp sub panel. I want to install a 100 amp sub panel in the upstairs of the shop for a one bedroom apartment. I ...
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Extra security for a wall mounted 80" TV?

We just mounted our 80" TV on the wall with one of those adjustable & tilting wall mounts and it just doesn't feel super secure to me. The TV is about 130 lbs and the mount says it can support up ...
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Need to know the name of this toilet wall faucet (thing)

I moved to a new place and trying to install the washing machine. The wall faucet for water supply in toilet does not seem to have a handle. I cannot find the name of this type of faucet (not even ...
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A crack in my foundation wall is leaking

I have a thin crack in my basement wall that is starting to leak. Can I put a water sealant on while concrete us still wet?
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Corded vs Cordless Drill [duplicate]

I have the intension of buying a Drill, At shops, I see the corded and cordless Types, Although the cordless drill is more handy and portable, I always have a little doubt about that it's ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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single sub-panel from 3 phase panel and the main braker size

I have an old 3 phase panel next to a separate single phase 100 amp panel that is being used by one residence. This space has been used as a carpenter shop and an office in the past. Now it is being ...
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Can I rest cement posts directly on the bedrock to build a structure for a large shed?

So I live in Canada, where winters are cold, and where there's not much soil above the bedrock. I would like to build a sturdy structure for an existing "shed" (in fact a 100-year old former stable or ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan (with light and heat), light, and receptacle?

I currently have a 3-gang box that houses a ceiling light, fan (with heat and light), and an outlet. I would like to move the outlet and ceiling light switch to one wall in a 2 gang box and leave the ...
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Where new roof shingles meet old, how to fix poor seal?

So about 6 years ago we had all the shingles in our house replaced. Last year we added on a room to the house, and luckily they were able to find and use the same shingles on the addition. However, I ...
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Do I really need screw piles for a Yurt platform?

I am evaluating different options for a 24 foot diameter Yurt platform. This will be a round platform elevated between 5 and 6 feet, with 18 anchorage points. I am hesitating between options for my ...
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Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder

I bought a new Split AC (1 ton, LG made) and the company sent home a technician to install the unit. The guy arrived and took measurements and I quizzed him a bit about his kit and strangely it ...
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How to future-proof a long cable run

I'm starting on a project that will involve digging a long (roughly 150-200 meter) trench from my house down to the road. The trench itself will be a considerable expense and so while the ground is ...
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What is the function of this electric part on my unvented water heater cold water inlet?

Does anyone know what this electric part does? In the photo it's the black plastic block device attached to the pipe on the right hand side (which is the mains inlet to the heater; the left is the hot ...
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Help identifying type of texture on walls

Probably a dumb question, but I'm having trouble determining if these walls are orange peel or knockdown textures. The first two photos below are in the same room, but at the minimum seem like ...
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why did my mower suddenly start running slower?

This mower has an odd history, but appeared to be in good shape. It was given to me by a friend, who picked it up from the curb in his neighborhood (it's a nice neighborhood). I don't know if he found ...
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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Covering hot outlet and waterline

Can I cover up a wall outlet and water line to an old icemaker with a drawer base cabinet? Or do I need to cut out the back of the cabinet to allow access?
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Narrow bed frame [on hold]

I just bought a new headboard but when we attatched the frame to the headboard we cannot get the box spring to rest on the rails. The box spring is 1/4 inch to wide to fit down on the ledge of the ...
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Are those hooks usable for hanging coats and hats?

I'm not sure whether this is the right site to ask for design of everyday things like this. I have found the following solution quite appealing and simplistic, however I have doubts whether it would ...
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Adding dual zone capability to an existing HVAC system in a house with existing 2 zone manual ducting

I have a house that has existing dual zone ductwork in place (separate ductwork for the upstairs and downstairs) that has manual dampers. I recently replaced the HVAC system with a new geothermal unit ...

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