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Easiest way to replace mortar around door?

I have a stone house and some of the mortar around one of my door frames has completely eroded away, there are big gaps and I can now see the screws that once screwed into the mortar too hold the door ...
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New troy built mower b&s engine surges

My son called me told me that my brand new out of the box mower's engine surges. Yes I'm going to take it back to the store,when I get back in town, and have them fix it but in the mean time I am ...
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Getting a countertop dishwasher to work in a convenient manner

I purchased a Koldfront countertop dishwasher for an old home I've just bought. I'm up to my knees in expenses and projects, so I don't want to get into anything major, like having a plumber trying ...
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Proper A/C BTUs for Apartment

According to this energystar.gov chart, the proper air conditioning BTU capacity for a 500 square foot room is 12,000 BTUs. However, since this is an apartment divided up into several rooms with the ...
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Nordyne furnace doesn't start at all (model gl1ra 090c-12b 903785GA)

What are the reasons this model furnace won't start at all anymore. No sound when I flip the on switch. I already tried replacing the ignitor and that didn't work. Thank you for any help!
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Why Vaillant ecoTEC boiler doesn't start?

I've Vaillant ecoTEC pro 24 (VUW GB 246/3-3 R1) gas boiler which was working fine. Recently I've accidentally switched off the boiler for the night. The next day when I've tried to switch it on, it ...
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Replacing Exhaust Fan in Bathroom and connecting to semi rigid aluminum duct

I am replacing my exhaust fan in the bathroom and having a hard time connecting the new fan to the aluminum semi rigid duct, because is hard to compress, extend or curve. How can I make this easier ? ...
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Flooding near side of porch?

Every time when its a heavy rain fall, the one side and part of the front porch floods and over time it caused my porch to sink. The flood is usually 1 foot deep and it disappears minutes after it ...
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Can a stud finder reliably detect HVAC sheetmetal?

Thread title says it all. I'm installing can lights in a basement and want to make sure I clear the HVAC return when drilling holes. If a stud finder can't detect that, what's the best way to verify ...
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Should Water Sediment Filters Come Before or After Water Softener?

My question is: In a water system, should water filtration come before or after the water softener? Edit: or even before the pressure tank? At my cottage, we have a shallow well with an above ground ...
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Old PEX tube is larger than new

I'm about to tear out a bathroom and want to install some shutoff valves in front of the supply for that room. I have not used PEX before so before cutting the existing line I bought a small section ...
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Why do garage remotes revert to billion code?

According to the LiftMaster troubleshooting guide, one common problem is that a Security+ remote reverts to billion code technology. What causes this, and is there any fix? One of the remotes may ...
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Sistering joists supported by concrete block on each side

I am going to start a kitchen remodel on a mid 40's home that is constructed with concrete block on all exterior and filled concrete block center wall up to the second floor. Floor joists span approx ...
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Predator generator 6500 watt

I have a 6500 watt predator generator, here lately every time I run it, after it runs for maybe 20 minutes to 1 hour the lights in our home cut out and then back in. At first it was only doing it for ...
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Is it worthwhile to fill minor cracks and holes in mortar?

There are a number of small cracks and holes in the exterior on my 10-year-old brick house. These are very small and do not in any way appear structural. They are much much smaller than the weep holes,...
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can I use natural rocks from my property as a 4 foot retaining wall?

I want to use natural rocks and build it up to about 3 feet. Will it last if I use concrete/mortar to fill in the gaps? I am in east Tenn where it freezes in the winter.
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hot water humming maybe Grundfos pump

There has been a humming noise coming from the hot water heater, and it sounds like it's coming from the Grundfos UP 15-18 B5 pump. The humming is constant 24 hours a day and from what I can tell it ...
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Kitchen faucet screw hole leaks water?

My kitchen faucet has a hole in the side (see picture) which appears to have a screw slot. It leaks a lot of water. Why is it there? How can I stop it from leaking?
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Tiny House Sewer System Advice - Automatic Sewage Pump or Macerator Pump

I'm in the process of doing some landscaping and want to run some electrical / plumbing for a future house (building next summer). The plan right now is to have a storage tank behind or below the ...
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Removing a Rayburn Solid Fuel Cooker - Issues to consider

I have a solid fuel Rayburn Regent cooker (essentially an Aga) with built in boiler in my kitchen, which I want to remove. It is no longer connected to the heating system, but appears to be connected ...
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Can I use my 40 pound propane tank for my cooktop?

I installed a propane cooktop, had the local propane company install a propane tank and outside. turns out we do not use very much propane for cooking but they charge us a lot in rental and mandatory ...
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Thermostat replacement in a double wide

We have a new double wide and I want to replace the thermostat with a new programmable one. We took off the old one and it has 3 red wires, 2 yellow, 1 white and 1 green. I get the 2 red indicate a ...
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plusses/minuses of a modern pellet boiler system?

I know someone who is considering one of the Okofen (or equivalent) pellet-fuel systems to replace his house's dying oil-fired boiler. (He's keeping the existing Forced Hot Water baseboard system to ...
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Cycle time for 5hp well motor

What would be the time the 5hp well pump motor should run with a 530 gallon bladder pressure tank with a 40-60 on/off pressure switch. Air pressure in tank is at 35 psi. Currently runs for 3min 5 sec. ...
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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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Joist trak radiant tube length in last bay

I'm installing my first radiant floor system using 1/2 inch tubing and Joist Trak plates. I purchased a 1000 foot roll of tubing and cut it into 5 200' pieces. While running my loops, I'm finding ...
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Problem with light switch

I have a situation where power comes to a switch and the light either won't go on at all or else it stays on continuously. What can be wrong?
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Ceiling fan electrical conundrum

I am attempting to install a ceiling fan in an area that previously had a light fixture. I have installed the support and box. The ceiling has 2 of the old (cloth, both black) wires coming out of it. ...
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Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?

Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?
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Electric blackout blinds

I've looked at the questions that have already been posed and they go some of the way to the situation I have. I will attempt to remove the cassette that houses an electric motor and the sidebars as ...
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Off grid home power shutting off

Let me start by saying thank you for reading my question. I appreciate any help offered. My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Ohio. We purchased a modular home off grid in the mountains. This ...
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Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

In removing some old stair carpeting, I found this older black glue applied to hold the carpet padding in place. Does anyone have a recommendation on what type of material it is, and recommend on how ...
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How do you install a ceilng fan to an electrical box that has 1-black, 2-white, 2-green?

I want to install a ceiling fan to a ceiling fixture that has been unused all this time. The ceiling fan has 1 blue, 1 black, 1 white and 1 green wire. The instructions indicate that I connect the ...
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Are drain-clearing bladders safe?

I advised a friend to use a drain bladder to clear a sink clog. Turns out there was a vent that didn't connect to the main vent stack--it just terminated inside the wall. So she put a bunch of water ...
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Where can I find drawings of a mobile home's construction?

I bought my very first trailer/mobile home last August. I've never lived in one, never spent significant time in one, know less than nothing about them. That said, I have a doublewide 90 Commodore. ...
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Risk of leakage when changing open-vented to sealed-system boiler

Apologies in advance for the long post. I currently have a gravity-fed, fully-vented central-heating (CH) and hot-water (HW) system (large cold-water tank and expansion tank in the loft, hot-water ...
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Honeywell WiFi thermostat newly installed--not working

I just replaced a 2 wire thermostat with a wifi one that required a c wire. There was an unused blue wire which I attached to the C connector on the transformer at the furnace. At the thermostat, the ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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North Carolina Code question for splicing 6x6 posts

I have a 48 X 10 second floor deck with 6X6 posts. I want to add a roof above about half of it. It is not feasible to replace the 6X6's with longer ones as I would basically end up replacing the ...
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PVC Water line keeps getting pin holes

The water line that goes from my boiler, carrying warm water keeps getting pin hole leaks. The line is a standard flexible white plastic insulated pipe, covered in a red mantle. About a year ago, ...
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Up and over garage door transformation

This up and over door is working properly, but I would like to make the house more accessible. This door is a bit heavy and you have to work against gravity to open in entirely. My idea was to cut ...
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Why do windows generally open to the outside in Ireland but not in the rest of continental Europe?

See title. I see the reason for having it outside is being able to always have them open for ventilation. Since Ireland has a mild but humid climate. Opening to the inside inteferes with having ...
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Constant cold air from vents with new downdraft furnace

Replaced with newer, high efficiency furnace and cold air constantly coming out of vents (except when furnace running). It's like the downdraft is totally free flowing and when windy outside very ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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Cork floors in humid regions?

The current relative humidity outside right now for me is 87%. I'd like to install a cork floor but the manufacturer's website says: Maintain a moderate temperature and relative humidity around 50-...
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how to stop seeping ground lake water coming into our cottage basement at times of extrem runoff pressure from river

We have a lovely walk out house at Wasa Lake, B.C. We are retiring there this year and would like to use the walk out for addition living space. Had the house since 2005 and had no issues with ...
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Can I build a separate trap to drain my reverse osmosis system

I have a single sink with disposal on an island counter. The plumbing has two vent plugs and two drain connections. Can I use the second drain connection and build a second trap to install the reverse ...
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Raised floor in garage bedroom addition

Do I need to raise the floor to slab height of existing living space (garage floor is 6" lower than living space. I would probably say "yes" due some kind of code for residential flooding. Haven't got ...
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Might I have 2 vents for my gas dryer?

I have a gas (propane) dryer. We just had a huge amount of snow 5ft. plus drifts around my house. This morning I turned on the dryer and started to smell propane. I went out and cleaned out the lint ...
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Giant magnetic something behind drywall/fireplace

I'm trying to mount a flatscreen TV above our fireplace that was converted by a previous owner (from wood?) to direct vent. During the process of finding the studs, I noticed that magnets stick the ...

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