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Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both?

One of the double sockets in our garage needed replacing (damaged after a washing pole hit it) - a pretty trivial job that I'd done before. So I flipped the MCB for the ring main, used a non-contact ...
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2answers
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Kitchen fixture pulled lose from ceiling

My kitchen fluorescent fixture has pulled lost from the ceiling and is dangling just by the electrical wires. It is an older home(25years) and the anchor bolts have pulled thru the drywall. I have ...
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1answer
24 views

What to use to attach copper to stone?

I am modifying a fountain, by adding spouts, made of shaped copper. I need to attach the spouts to the stone bowl, but am not sure how. The fix must have a watertight seal with the stone, that is, ...
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0answers
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Where should the isolation be in a false ceiling?

I am building a false ceiling in plasterboard. I bought some boards for isolation. Where should this be installed? Should I put it next to the roof leaving a air chamber between the plasterboard and ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to replace my phone wires t network wires in the walls?

In my house I have telephone access point in each room. Is it possible to replace them with network cables? I have tried every option I know to get WIFI signal in my top floor but always getting poor ...
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2answers
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How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?

I moved into a house constructed in year 2000 that already has an Ionics Hydro 5000 water softener installed. The old owner never left a manual and I couldn't find a manual online, so I'll voice my ...
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2answers
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Direction of wood flooring

Flooring will run long ways parallel to walls in hallway. Then the hallway runs into the living room with a large white brick fireplace at the far end. How should the wood be laid? There is a bank of ...
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1answer
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How to flatten handsaw cut edge?

I have a piece of wooden board in the shape of the following image. The unit is in centimeters. And the board is 2.5cm thick. On both sides, I've cut a 45-degree piece off using a Japanese ...
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1answer
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How do I un-stick the release button on my Yale door knob?

I'm rekeying my door locks (Yale door knob/locks). To remove the knob, you press in the release button & slide the knob off. The release button is stuck and I can't depress it enough to slide the ...
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3answers
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A/c makes the lights turn on and off! No Joke!

The lights on the first floor, upstairs bathroom and upstairs Laundry room won't work. The breakers did NOT pop The air conditioning was running this morning but is not working now. When the ...
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0answers
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Waterproofing dome

As mentioned in an earlier question, I'm doing up a room in my house. This question is about waterproofing the dome you see in the picture there. The question is what product to use to waterproof it. ...
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0answers
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What are the must-have features for a Hackspace/Makerspace horizontal metal bandsaw?

I asked a similar question here where I got some useful advice for selecting bandsaws in general. From the advice received I was able to select a few potentially interesting vertical woodcutting ...
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0answers
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Wood paint still not hardened after three weeks

We recently repainted our window sills from bare wood using one layer of wood primer, then five consecutive layers of furniture paint, with one day allowed for drying between layers. The paint is ...
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1answer
58 views

What do I need to verify before taking down a wall?

I want to join two adjacent closets by taking down the wall that separates them. There are no electrical outlets or light switches on the wall. I'm working on obtaining my unit's plans to determine ...
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2answers
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How do I stop a sharkbite brand fitting from spinning?

I recently replaced a number of shutoffs with SharkBite brand push on fittings. These seem to work well and hold water. More expensive, but cheaper than relearning to solder for a small job. The only ...
2
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4answers
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How do I mount this pullup bar?

I bought this pull up bar that is designed to go into studs that are 16" apart Ultimate Body Press My basement walls are only framed out so I can see all of the studs. I started to mount it and ...
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2answers
33 views

Shower Base over or to the side of tiles

I am tiling my bathroom floor and putting in a new shower base. What do i do first? Do I put tiles on the whole floor and then but the base over it? or put the base and then put the tiles to it?
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1answer
21 views

Light replacement for a complicated light ceiling cover

I need to replace the lights in the below shown light ceiling cover. I have read another post on this forum and tried those methods I.e. sliding the glass cover between the metal holdings or trying ...
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1answer
582 views

How do I understand this description of lumber?

The instructions to a DIY project asks me to purchase something described as: 8-foot ¾-inch clear pine 1 x 8 What exactly does this mean. Here's my guess 8-foot: the length of the board ¾-inch: ...
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2answers
35 views

Sanding, Blasting, or chemical for paint removal from old metal cabinets?

I have old (~1950) metal painted cabinets. I'd like to strip them to the nice shiny stainless steel underneath the paint. I've read the EPA guidelines for lead paint removal. My question is what is ...
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2answers
61 views

How can I install a curtain rod on a drywall?

Originally I though this would be an easy process, however where I used to live all the houses are pure concrete, therefore something like this used to be relatively simple. My question is how can I ...
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1answer
40 views

Possible to remove truss and add collar ties?

I am doing a pretty significant garage renovation and had a couple questions. I was originally going to just replace the loft (the original wasn't supported on top the stud wall on side which always ...
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1answer
29 views

Seamless construction joints on concrete floor

By construction joints I mean the joints between a batch of floor made one day and the new work in a following day. What is the proper way to get the most seamless joints when making finished concrete ...
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3answers
98 views

What are the must-have features for a Hackspace/Makerspace bandsaw?

I've been tasked with looking into Band Saw models which could be useful for in a Hackspace/Makerspace. This means the saw will be used fairly frequently, by many people, for a wide variety of tasks. ...
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1answer
51 views

PEX Manifold with existing piping?

Our home has a large addition on it and i'm thinking of running newer lines throughout our original house that has copper. There are many bends at various points and some are starting leak (probably ...
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4answers
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Dimmer switch issue

I have two ceiling lights in my lounge which are controlled together by the same switch. I currently have a dimmer switch and a dimmable LED bulb in each fitting. They work fine although when i switch ...
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2answers
296 views

Is it possible to use molly bolts in concrete?

Is it possible to use molly bolts in concrete? They are generally described as for use in drywall. But I have a project that needs a hook or screw to be taken out from time to time, which is possible ...
2
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2answers
29 views

Fittings for conduit passing through ceiling/floor

A follow up to this question: Running Coax cable to the upper floor If I cut a hole in the ceiling of my dining room and then another in the floor so I can run a conduit from the upstairs all the way ...
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2answers
19 views

Distance between Sprinkler head and Air condition system

I'm planning to add Sprinkler system in office area which have a central air condition system. Does code specify how close air condition can be to the sprinklers head? What does minimum distance ...
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1answer
44 views

Garage door opener surge protector

I recently replaced my garage door opener after it was fried in a lightning storm. To prevent this from happening again I was thinking about buying an 15 amp Isobar surge protector. The opener is a ...
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1answer
40 views

How large must the air inlet tube of the sewage be?

A friend of mine lives in the last floor of a building with 4 floors. One of his bathroom syphons keeps being emptied each time he or a neighbour flushes the toilet. The water is simply drained out. I ...
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2answers
44 views

How wide should a workbench top's overhang be to accomodate clamp-on vises and work lamps?

Is 2" (5 cm) of workbench top overhang enough to accomodate most clamp-on vises and work lamps?
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2answers
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Does anyone know how to get rid of magnetic field from water line?

I have horrible wifi reception in one side of my house, even with an expensive wifi router. So I purchased a magnetic field meter and confirmed everywhere it peaked the wifi was non-existent. Walking ...
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1answer
44 views

Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar / baking soda to remove mold on (soft) plastic?

Will the (soft) plastic be eroded or produce bad chemical due to the low / high pH?
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2answers
42 views

How can I attach a garden hose to my sink faucet?

I would like to attach a garden-hose adapter to my sink faucet. Currently there is an aerator on the end that I like. Is there some solution that anyone knows of that will allow both the garden hose ...
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0answers
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What kind of runners do I need in order to fix a drawer to a pre-existing shelf?

I have a set of two shelves beneath a window in my kitchen. I would like to have one drawer (specifically a basket-type drawer) attached to each of these shelves so that I don't have stuff at the back ...
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1answer
21 views

Bathroom remodel

I am in the process of redoing my upstairs bathroom. I would like to tile the bathroom floor. I have a tile-redi shower pan for the shower floor. Q1: Do I need to put a moisture barrier over the wood ...
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6answers
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How do I disable smoke alarms?

I'm going to have a party and I had experiences previously with a smoke machine triggering smoke alarms, so I want to disable them temporarily during the party. How do you do that? This is what the ...
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4answers
87 views

How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?

My wife's office has solid hickory hardwood floors, and I'd like to protect the floor from her rolling office chair. What can be done to protect the floor? Should I even be concerned about the chair ...
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1answer
54 views

Trying to hook up 2 new lights and 1 outlet

We are trying to get two vanity lights and one plug in hooked up in our living room which were not there before. We have the power turned off of course, and then when we turned it on, the lights went ...
2
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2answers
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Running Coax cable to the upper floor

We are having AC installed in our new house and as a result we currently have two large ducts running against the wall of our dining room. The goal is to eventually have those concealed behind some ...
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1answer
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Is it safe/energy efficient to surround hydronic baseboard heaters with a wooden enclosure?

I recently replaced some wood panelling with drywall, leaving my hydronic baseboard heaters free standing with no brackets or metal surrounding them. I was thinking that instead of putting a metal ...
1
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1answer
19 views

Where can I find a 5/16" end cap for a faucet diverter? [closed]

I have a Delta kitchen faucent with a diverter shank that connects to a hose for a pullout sprayer. I am disconnecting it because I want to use the sprayer hole for a filtered water faucet. The ...
2
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1answer
43 views

How to build deck steps down to patio?

I have a deck on the back of my house with a patio next to the deck. I would like to build a wide set of steps down to the patio. Can I have the steps rest on top of the patio or should I put ...
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1answer
24 views

Can I add a porcelain bathroom fixture to existing tile?

I have a tub and shower with no means of placing bottles of wash or shampoos except for around the edge of the tub. I tried to put in a make-shift shelf tower but it does not fit. I wanted to put ...
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0answers
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Bosch washer won't start. Some lights are blinking

I have a Bosch washer model WAS20160UC. After I turn the programming selector to the desired position, the Start/Pause light comes on, then after a moment Spin, Regular Spin, and End lights start ...
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1answer
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How to prevent back flow for parallel connected tanks?

Two parallel over head water tanks are connected at the same height and have the output pipes connected to a single pipe into the home. How can back flow of water from tank to tank be prevented?
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1answer
37 views

How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?

Flushing the toilet causes a small amount of water to leak out from under the base of the toilet on one side. Stops after 2-3 seconds. Also noticed there is a higher pitch dripping of water which ...
0
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1answer
29 views

How should the top edge of an asphalt shed-type roof be finished?

Our contemporary house has a shed roof that is finished with a layer of aluminum flashing nailed through the top course of shingles. The flashing turns down and just covers the top edge of the ...
1
vote
1answer
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How can I install a window air condition and still allow the window to be opened?

I want to install a window based air conditioner but still allow for the ability to open the window when needed. I was thinking of using a piece of wood screwed into the window frame to support the ...

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