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Install floor tile or tile-board first?

We are updating a small basement bathroom. We agree on the style and materials, but not exactly on the method of installation. The idea is to put tile down on the floor, and use tile-board for the ...
2
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1answer
78 views

Solar backup system, advice needed

Here in South Africa we are experiencing frequent power blackouts, as I work from home on a small property (generators not an option) this is rather disruptive to my work as a programmer. So bearing ...
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1answer
84 views

What could be causing these oddities when replacing a power socket?

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
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2answers
25 views

Applying large adhesive sheets onto surfaces without bubbles / creases

I'm failing miserably at finding tutorials or videos on this. I've bought some adhesive backed sign-makers' vinyl for applying to shelving, so it has a nice, even, bright gloss finish. But it's an ...
1
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0answers
16 views

Securing plywood “underlayment” to timber “sub-floor”

I am laying 12mm plywood on existing timber flooring (before laying Hardiebacker board & ceramic tiles) apart from screwing the ply to the sub-floor, should I also use grab adhesive, thinset tile ...
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0answers
44 views

Why is my paint bubbling and peeling after removing my popcorn ceiling?

I removed my popcorn ceiling. I made all my repairs, and wiped the ceiling down after I sanded the entire ceiling. I was trying to prime the ceiling but my paint is bubbling and peeling. What should ...
4
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2answers
124 views

Do dryer belts need to break in?

I just replaced a broken belt in our Maytag dryer, it was the right belt, identical to the old one, but it's not working so good... It's properly installed, but it's like the belt is slipping when we ...
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1answer
25 views

Window dividers have slipped out

I don't even know the appropriate words, so good luck understanding this! Our formal dining room has a large window with dividers that are between two glass pieces. There is the half moon window ...
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2answers
22 views

How can I remove paint left from an appliance dolly from the front of a washer?

My husband was moving our washing machine with a dolly. He dropped the washing machine and now the front has dents and green paint from the dolly. How do I get the green paint off from the front of ...
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0answers
21 views

Can you paint over Olympic rescue it?

Several years ago I painted our old concrete patio with Olympic Rescue it and it has lasted very well. Now we have new cracks which we are filling in and I'd like to paint over the Olympic product. We ...
3
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1answer
136 views

What is this crystal on my concrete?

My concrete has an old unknown spill which appears in the newly warm moist weather to be forming crystals or hairs. It doesn't have direct water on it, and hasn't been damp recently. What is the ...
3
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1answer
36 views

How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan?

How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan? I want to put in a small shed in the back yard. 200 square feet large.
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0answers
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Ceiling fan light dims

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and light kit. When I turn on the light, it starts out bright, but then in a second it dims. It doesn't turn off, it just dims. What could be causing this to ...
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0answers
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Refrigerator is not making ice or serving water

UPDATE 3 I replaced the water filter with a brand new one from Home Depot. When I went to dispense water, about 1/2 a cup came out. That's the first time any water has come out of the dispenser. Over ...
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1answer
38 views

Can I connect laundry tub drain directly into floor drain?

I would like to install a laundry room tub directly over the floor drain. Can I simply have the tub drain directly into the top of the floor drain?
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0answers
15 views

Where and how much vapor barrier

I will be gutting my bathroom to remodel and was wondering if I should install a vapor barrier on all of the walls and ceiling or just the area in close proximity to the shower. Bathroom dimensions ...
2
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1answer
72 views

How does a shower valve get installed backwards?

I have stayed in hotels on a few occasions where the shower is controlled by two knobs (hot/cold), and one of them turns backwards (clockwise for "on", counter-clockwise for "off"). Now I've moved ...
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0answers
41 views

How can I install a lighting circuit in a long corridor which meets the following requirements?

draw the schematic, wiring diagram both in joint box and looping in system for a lighting ckt in a long corridor which meets the following requirements: when a person enters the corridor from one ...
0
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2answers
35 views

Using old roof footings for a ground-level deck

I had a 40 year-old, asphalt shingled, hip roof (14x18) over a concrete patio that had 4 posts w/footings that supported it in a line opposite the house. The footings, that are still there and were ...
3
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1answer
43 views

What is the best way to board interior of a large shed?

I have a large shed/workshop which I want to board with OSB/Ply to make the interior more usable for hanging things from the walls and to just generally make it "nicer" inside. I'm not fussed about ...
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3answers
107 views

Is it acceptable to use a ground wire from one outlet to ground another?

I live in a condo/apt. Two of my three prong electrical outlets were not showing up grounded when I plugged my surge protector in. I think from lightning or something. I need to plug computers and an ...
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1answer
45 views

Need suggestions for a removable or mobile fence for a parking spot next to the garage

Below is the layout of the space that I want to close with a fence. What is not shown in the picture is a large driveway that goes from the street to both the garage and the parking spot that I want ...
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8answers
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In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?

4000 psi sounds like a lot. That's what some pressure washers can go up to. Just how much pressure is that? What are some real world examples that would help explain that kind of pressure?
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7answers
114 views

Should I lock the door between my garage and my house?

My house has a garage. The garage has a "garage opener" - so when I leave home, I press a button and the gate lowers. There's a door between the garage and house. What level of security do people ...
1
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1answer
47 views

Quite high pitched noise in room

When I'm trying to sleep I hear a high pitched, ringing noise. I can only hear it if everything else is quiet. I've considered if this is a medical issue, such as tinnitus, but before jumping to ...
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0answers
16 views

MayTag Legacy Series Top of Dryer Won't Open

I can not open the top of my Maytag Legacy Series Dryer. There is a screw on each side of the top of the dryer pinning it down to the base? What do I do now to get to the rest of the dryer since the ...
3
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0answers
45 views

What are the steps to laying pavers?

I am fixing to get rid of the grass and lay them pavers in the picture below. Its an area of about 10 meters by 2 and a half meters I haven't done it before. I have looked over the internet and the ...
3
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0answers
39 views

How do I wire this 240v fan motor and thermostat

I'm trying to wire a two stage exhaust fan for my greenhouse. The motor comes set up for 240v wiring and is to be controlled by a thermostat. I undertsand how to get the 240v from the panel, but can't ...
2
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0answers
44 views

Blower motor wires crossed

I bought a direct replacement blower for my furnace but when it arrived I noticed two wires were crossed. the original motor has a red, white, and black wire in the connector. The new one has a fourth ...
2
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1answer
23 views

How to prevent blinking LED on a three way Lighted switch circuit with only one light fixture?

I have a stairwell that has only one wall sconce with two switches that are lighted when off. one upstairs, and one downstairs. I recently replaced Sconce, and added an LED 60 watt bulb; I triple ...
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1answer
46 views

Grout clogging up drain in bathtub [duplicate]

I believe the person (idiot) who remodeled the home I recently purchased let the grout and other construction material he used to rehab the bathroom go down the drain. I believe it has dried in the ...
2
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2answers
44 views

How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
12
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3answers
851 views

How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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5answers
154 views

How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?

I need to drill 2 holes in a concrete wall, about 1.5m apart and I need the line between them to be as horizontal as possible. I have a level, not that big, and few other basic tools. How can I ...
1
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0answers
34 views

Feeder type and size for 60 amp. subpanel

Is it possible/recommended to use E18679 (UL) ROMEX SIMPull AWG 6 CU 3 with AWG 10 ground Type NM-B 600 volts as feeder from a 60 amp breaker to install a subpanel? Subpanel will be located in ...
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1answer
40 views

How should I insulate an interior wall between a warm humid bathroom and a cold bedroom?

We're redoing the master bath. I'm wondering if and how I should insulate the interior wall. Bedroom is kept at 50F. Bathroom will be warm (radiant floor) and humid even if we have and run vent fan. ...
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1answer
50 views

Can I use a universal 22" wood saw for cutting studwork?

I'm a newbie and do not have much experience with sawing, or working with wood. I need to buy and cut into various lengths some wood for studwork (at varying thickness levels). What kind of saw ...
4
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1answer
41 views

What could cause my boiler to provide hot water, but not heating?

My boiler kicks in when the thermostat asks it to, but when my room thermostat asks the boiler to fire up, nothing happens. My room thermostat clicks on, and lights up so I think it can tell the ...
2
votes
3answers
117 views

What is this device?

It's a bit off topic, but let's see... I live in a condo, and the devices pictured below are found everywhere: in flats, in corridors, even in the car park (they are attached to ceilings) and I have ...
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0answers
36 views

What type of replacement switch do I need for this hot tub?

I have an old hot tub wired at 240v with a 50 amp breaker. The control box in the hot tub has an on/off toggle switch with 4 connections. I assume SPDT. The "spa pack" is a simple one with air ...
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1answer
40 views

How do we extend, stabilize, and give a finished look to an outside faucet that is attached to the house?

We have three issues we want to resolve regarding an outside faucet. We want to extend the faucet about 4" from the siding, We want to stabilize the faucet because it is bouncing around in the pipe ...
2
votes
3answers
60 views

how to blackout a large bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting an apartment that comes with blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the light in the morning. I can not remove the existing blinds I ...
0
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1answer
29 views

3rd white wire in electrical outlet with different power source? [closed]

I was replacing wall outlets and came across an outlet that had 3 white wires, 2 black and the ground. I turned the power off at the breaker box and proceeded to replace. The extra white wire still ...
0
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2answers
24 views

Type of wire to be used for alarm system [closed]

I am putting new metal siding on a building that needs to be extremely secure. I am planning on running wire up and down the building before the siding goes up. This is so if someone tries to cut ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

Can I mount a projector shelf to drywall?

I need to mount a projector shelf, however finding a stud is proving impossible. Is it a terrible idea to put this shelf up on drywall and then the projector which probably weighs at least 15lbs?:
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3answers
107 views

Fix bad drywall mudding/paint

For my first-ever drywall mudding attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Mudded the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
1
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1answer
33 views

old gfci outlet manufactured with wires coming out of the back of it

I have what looks to be a bad gfci outlet in my kitchen. My house was built in 1989, and this is the original outlet. The reset button doesn't stay in the reset position. All the other outlets ...
1
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0answers
28 views

How to better seal and/or adjust a metal cellar door / bulkhead?

First of all, I am not exactly sure what the door is called. I have a metal outside door leading to steps into my basement. I have always just called it the basement/cellar door but it seems like ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

What could be causing the filler tube of a toilet to be leaking/bubbling?

I'm trying to fix a leaking toilet, and I can't seem to find a guide for the problem I have. Most of them are for fixing a leaky flapper or fill valve. When I flush the toilet, the tank fills ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...

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