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Sealing the inside of a water well to use it as a reservoir?

We've had unusually dry weather and our well has run so low that we had to call in a water hauling company to refill it a few days ago. The water man told me that even though he dumped in ~ 1000 ...
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Can I put one brand of paint over a different brand of paint?

I painted wood with Valspar satin finish paint, but I don't like the texture because it is rough. I was wondering if I can paint over it with a second coat of a different brand, colour matched and the ...
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Anyone here ever used a Famco plumbers vent?

Just wondering if the Famco plumbers vent (6" x 16") will fit when used to replace a standard black mesh foundation vent (6.5" x 16"). I need to vent through the existing foundation vent. What are ...
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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unite

Had a checkup on my AC/ furnace a couple weeks ago. The technician said the capacitor leaking oil and not pulling enough amps. He recommended me getting a whole new system. (my house built 6 yrs ago) ...
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Ceiling fan works, lights do not

I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and ...
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Hydraulic Cement vs Mortar for concrete block wall repair

I am repairing some mortar cracks in-between the concrete walls in my basement. Initially I was using hydraulic cement (I know most is technically hydraulic, I mean the leak stopping kind: ...
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Are there any electro-osmosis damp proofing systems that work?

I have a problem with rising damp in an old wall and am wondering if electro-osmosis damp proofing systems actually work to remedy this as they claim. The type of system I'm talking about consists of ...
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Why would my Geyser/water flow change from hot to ice cold?

I have a problem with my geyser (I think) When I run the hot water it goes cold within a few minutes then after about 30seconds it goes hot again. This is an ongoing cycle while the hot water is ...
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My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?

I've recently put in a new electrical outlet, which was working at the time. Today I went and plugged the lamp and it was not working. Tried the receptacle tester, and this is what I saw when plugged ...
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New Light Fixture with Old Wiring

Yesterday I replaced an old light fixture in my bathroom, and now the new light powers on with the breaker, but the wall switch does nothing. I'm not sure if the power is going to the switch first or ...
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Compact width Window Air Conditioner

we would like to install a window air conditioner in our living room window. The window is quite narrow (18.5" wide). The room is fairly big, ~400sqft. We would like to install a 10000 BTU window AC ...
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How can I add arc-fault protection to circuits in this panel?

In my sub-panel that services the home I have 4 separate 20 amp circuit breakers all strapped together to trip all if one trips. On these individual circuits are the garbage disposal, clothes ...
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What leaked out of small copper line when I blew a hole in on my air handler

I changed my blower motor out and in the process a wire arced out on a small copper line and blew a hole in it. What leaked out? I have since soldered up the hole and have not run the unit. I fear ...
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Single Stage or 2 stage furnace

Just bought a house that has a furnace on last legs. House is 1941 masonry (Chicago). 3 floors: finished basement, first floor, 2nd floor (converted attic with vaulted ceilings and way too hot). Total ...
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Change Hinge Side on LG LBN10551PV Refrigerator

I have an LG LBN10551PV apartment fridge. I ordered it with the door hinge on the wrong side (left) and would like to put it on the right. The instruction manual describes how to do this, and I've ...
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Diatomaceous earth use for bed bugs [closed]

I saw a post about using diatomaceous earth on here from 2013.... Did it ever work? Having issues that have me in tears here. Have tried bombs. .. sprays. .. feel like I am slowly killing us with ...
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How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?

What is a code-approved way to secure copper pipe to metal framing members which minimizes heat transfer and potential reactivity between the two different metals?
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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How to reinforce a flimsy settee?

we have a Settee that does not feel very sturdy. It is rated at 250 lbs and there is a slight wobble. What can I do to make it steadier and more load bearing? (e.g. 400lb) Here is the settee: ...
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Hot 2nd floor converted attic master suite

Just bought a 1940's masonry construction house. House has a finished basement (cold as a meat locker), first floor (comfortable) and 2nd floor (too hot). The 2nd floor is an attic that has been ...
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Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?

Yesterday, I bought some piping at Home Depot for my french drain project. The solid pipe looked good with the proper alignment of holes. However, I needed flexible piping due to the nature of my ...
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Buying an old house. What NOT to “modernize?”

I'm buying my first house. It's an old early 1900's Edwardian-style semi-detached. In its present form, It is "livable" (hvac is new, roof is still good). I have $50,000 to fix everything (hopefully, ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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No AC. I have a few HVAC troubleshooting questions

I'm having issues with my AC. Basically, the symptom is that I feel cold air coming out of the vent, but it has no pressure, almost like I have to put my hand IN THE VENT COVER to feel any cold air. ...
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Colonial Home - Bump out gutters?

I am going through a home inspection of a 100 year old home that was built in 1915. It is common to have a bump-out of 1-3 feet off the home. Do these bump out's generally have gutters or not? If so, ...
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Water is seeping in garage

Water is seeping through garage wall .People suggest dig and put French drain .I start to dig but can I put more concrete by the footer and support the wall instead of French drain? The water is ...
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Best way to weatherproof OSB

I am building a shed and I am trying to do it as cheaply as possible. I am going to use 1/2" OSB for the siding and I am wondering what the best paint/sealer is to weatherproof it. We live in central ...
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Why might my water (hot and cold) be discolored/brown

For a couple of months, we've been noticing that our water is brown or discolored. It comes from both faucets. This morning I had run nothing but cold water and noticed it had a brown tint to it. ...
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What is the purpose of this tile joint?

Noticed this in a public restroom today. Never seen anything like this in tile before. Is this just a flex joint? Or is it a patch job?
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Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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container liner for easy cleaning when mixing concrete

Whether its a wheelbarrow or a 5 gallon bucket, is it okay to use a liner? For example, put liner in container, mix concrete, pour concrete, pull out liner, dispose liner, squeaky clean ...
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How to install a shower curtain from wall to glass edge?

My walk in shower has a glass wall. I'd like to install a shower curtain but I can't find a shower rod that can be secured from a wall to a glass edge. Here's a picture of the problem. Is there a ...
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Is it okay to throw paper towels & rags with mineral spirits in the trash bin?

Newbie painter here. Is it okay to throw rags and paper towels that soaked mineral spirits into a plastic bag and then into the trash can?
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Bevelling skirting boards to match architraves

Have an issue and looking at skirting boards which are 18mm thick (wife wants the tall 138mm ones which come thicker unless get them custom made which is more than double the price) but architrave is ...
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ecobee3 Installation - Thermostat Y Terminal (yellow) Wire Connects to C Terminal Board

enter image description hereI'm attempting to install a new ecobee3 on an older Coleman Evcon gas furnace and AC HVAC system. The system is what I would consider typical residential as far as I can ...
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Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch

I bought a new light fixture to replace an old outdated light-bar the bathroom of my apartment. The building was constructed in 1926 so everything is super old. When I took the old fixture down, I ...
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Whirlpool dishwasher fresh water leaking in.

The washer has been installed and working fine for several years. It is slowly filling with fresh water, I believe as the water does not smell and is clear. I replaced the fill valve that did not ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan turn on with light or independent switch

I have two toggle switches, one for the bathroom light and one for the exhaust fan to operate independantly. Each has it's own 14-2 wire run to it from the switch. I want the fan to come on always ...
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My A/C Unit stopped working after replacing blower motor

Any idea what I may have done wrong here or how to check? I replaced my blower motor (it was 100% compatible and had the proper capactitor), and upon starting it up the blower did nothing and the ...
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Occupancy sensor immediately off after on

I attempted to install a Lutron 2 AMP occupancy sensor this weekend, replacing a simple single-pole switch. Installation seemed to be straightforward enough. However, when the time came to test it, ...
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Installing a partition wall perpendicular to finished exterior wall

I wish to install a partition wall with a header made of 2x8s (7 feet long). The header will run perpendicular to ceiling joists. I know the no-nonsense approach is to cut channels in the ceiling ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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Is caulk acceptable for filling nail holes in baseboard?

Several folks in this very helpful thread suggest using putty to fill nail holes during baseboard installation. I've got multiple contractors doing work on my remodel and one says caulk isn't a good ...
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water damaged wood frame repair on windows door. Varnish or better

The windows and door in my house are all wood framed sadly every attempt at keeping them in good condition fails after a short amount of time. What can i do to repair the wood parts. Pictures included ...
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Should I install a doorway fan or dehumidifier?

I have central air in a rancher (one floor), and the living room is on one end of the house. That room is on a slab, and has always been noticeably hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than ...
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Is there a way to have only two posts holding a 20ft wide main cross-beam of a pergola?

Thinking of building a pergola to hold my jasmine up, and to create a shaded area outside our newly built extension. The problem is the patio door opening is around 5m wide, so ideally I don't want ...
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Redguard - Waterproofing around penetrations / stub outs?

I'm getting ready to apply Redguard waterproofing membrane to my bathroom walls and floors. The room has been designed as a "wet room", so the entire thing needs to be "tanked" to be correctly ...
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the hot water is luke warm

My tankless hot water heater works but the water is luke warm . We have a circulation pump . When we screw the top srew of the pump and cut on and off the cut off valve near pump, the hot water starts ...

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