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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

I have a GE GDT530 dishwasher that just went out of warranty 2 months ago. Now it's starting to make crackling sounds when it's draining water and it sounds like there is some debris in the drain ...
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Are 75mm GU10 LED Lightbulbs Becoming Extinct?

I have just moved into a house which is 9 years old. It has 75mm GU10 energy efficient lightbulbs (not LED's). My local shops (including some large chains) don't sell 75mm GU10 LED's - they only sell ...
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Is it safe to seal the exterior of a stone chimney?

We have a 1938 stone chimney (not brick) that is severely deteriorated. We are going to repair the mortar immediately and put a cap on top, but we're unsure about weatherproofing the stone. We do want ...
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How can I determine what size bolt I need to repair my Briggs & Stratton 650 Series engine?

The carburetor on my B&S mower engine has come loose. Specifics are "Model 120000 Quantum 650 Series." It appears there is a bolt I need to find a replacement for (I don't have it) on the front ...
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Intermediate switch wiring

I'm replacing light switches through the house - so far with ease. This however has me puzzled & I'd rather get confirmation than guess [of course] Both these switches are MK, but they've ...
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Water in my central vacuuming system?

We have a central vacuum system that was installed in our 4 year old new build. It works perfectly but about 6 months ago we found water in the canister. We assumed our cleaners had accidentally ...
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Building my own garage door - are my plans going to work?

I am building my own three section wood garage door. I can save a few grand this way and get exactly what I want. But, I also want to make sure I do it right. I have a local overhead door company that ...
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Can I eliminate a switch controlled receptacle, and use the switch to control a ceiling fan instead?

I'm planning on installing a new ceiling fan and was hoping to have a few questions answered before I dive into things. First some context: The existing wall switch controls half of the outlet on the ...
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Help AC question

We purchased a home last year, at one time it was zoned with separate AC units upstairs and down. Well a past owner took out the upstairs unit but left the blower in the attic, there is duct work ...
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A/C still blows when unit is off.

Our A/C is turned off but we still get cold air coming out of the vent diffusers. This is from our downstairs unit. Is that a problem?
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer?

How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer ? I need it to be aesthetically nice, I need to match the color of the old cement between the bricks.. It looks like below:
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What are my options for laying concrete block around lolly columns?

I have a project where a concrete wall has been poured with lolly columns embedded in it. I want to lay concrete block from the poured wall to the sill. What are my options for laying the concrete ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...
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Cannot remove bath hardware

I have hardware in my bathroom that does not have the usual Allen Wrench screw anywhere on it to remove the trim. I have attached pictures of the hardware. I don't want to apply too much force in ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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Can these metal ceiling drywall joists be removed?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement with the intention to leave it as an exposed ceiling. Would I be correct in understanding that the metal ceiling joists (highlighted in blue in ...
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Problem with Ladylux kitchen faucet sprayer

I have a 14-year old Grohe Ladylux kitchen faucet. Recently, the spray knob stopped working properly. Normally when you press and release the knob, the faucet goes to spray mode until you press the ...
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Installing Challenger Series A breaker

I'm installing a Challenger series A double pole 30A breaker in a 30 year old Crouse Hinds box. ...
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Circuit Location Detection

We recently got a nearly double electrical bill during the previous cycle. I, wrongly, assumed it was just a fluke and my family had left some things on longer than they were supposed to. This ...
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Broiler element shorted out - did it take the controls with it?

The broiler in our Maytag oven shorted out. At that time, the control panel went blank except for the top dot in the : in the clock; oven won't work but the stove will. We ordered a replacement ...
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Cleaning Porcelain tile

The original owner laid down plastic laminate wood flooring and glued it down over existing shiny porcelain tiles. The flooring has been removed and the tile is left with strips of the glue like ...
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Gas furnace vent clearance from parallel PVC radon vent

I have a hallow wall on my main floor which carries my gas furnace vent up thru the attic and out the roof. This picture is from the basement looking up at the vent and as you can see, the radon ...
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new washer installed in my condo, and water is backing up and overflowing on the floor through the hose

I have a plumber came in last wednesday to replace my faucet in the bathroom shower, because the water coming from the shower, both hot and cold was not mixing properly, he replaced the faucet with a ...
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Pitch on a patio roof

Recently I decided to re-roof my patio because it has been leaking in several places. That's when I noticed that my patio had very little rain run-off. My patio is 24' wide by 17' deep. The roof ...
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Is 1/2“ OSB over old hardwood flooring a good base for 1/2” engineered solid bamboo?

I have a house built in the 40's the hardwood is disgusting. We like a more contemporary/modern look. So we bought a 5 1/4" wide solid bamboo stranded. I don't want to pull up all of the old flooring ...
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How to Change Chinese HVAC Thermostat

I am looking to put Nest thermostats in the house, I have now found out my entire house (one in each room, 6 of them) has been wired with HVAC Chinese U12A UNIVERSAL A/C CONTROL SYSTEM urrgh – they ...
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Converting 120V undercabinet lighting to 12V strip lighting

We redid our kitchen cabinets and want to change from the previous hardwired 120V fluorescent under cabinet lighting and above cabinet cove lighting to 12V flexible LED strip lighting. The cove ...
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bathroom sink drain line

My bathroom sink drain was clogged. Since drain stop had been out, figured something fell down hole into p trap. Anyway, when I went under sink, learned P Trap piece was connected to pipe with ...
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Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer

I have fixed many leaky hose bib faucets over the years by removing the stem & replacing the bad washer. I just finished replacing the worn out washer for a leaky hose bib, but when I put the ...
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septic tank problem

We have a septic tank that had been pumped 3 months ago. The sewage backed up into bathtubs 3 months later. The ABS pipe at the entrance of the septic tank was found bent (?) and creating the problem. ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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What is the code for a refrigerator water line?

Appliance store says I need a shutoff valve behind the refrigerator. They want a valve box in the wall to attach their flexible water line. The plumber put in flexible copper tubing with the shutoff ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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Need replacement part for Baldwin Reserve “Columbus” handleset model COLXELL.TRR.OO3

The mechanism that opens the latch on our front door has broken. This is not as serious as it sounds because the main lock is a deadbolt (which is working fine). After some disassembly (OK, a lot of ...
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Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off

Our upstairs bathtub has a small leak inside the wall that over time softened the ceiling sheetrock below. After removing the sheetrock we tested the shower, and it's weird -- it leaks about 1/4 cup ...
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Home Front Door loud popping noise

My front door is on the side of the house that gets tremendous amounts of sunlight in the afternoon. I am in NJ where seasonal temperatures vary. Lately, any time there is sun, in the afternoons the ...
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What is nesting in my closet?

Something is leaving droppings and some sort of wood pulp stuck to the walls and shelves in my closet. I think whatever it is might be coming out of the ceiling. There's a foot or so of empty space ...
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Is it common for a contractor to ask a 50% deposit prior to starting the job?

It's the first time i'm dealing with this kind of thing, so it's probably a basic question, but I would still like to double check. I found a contractor for a job in the house, but he's booked for ...
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How to use RootX in basement floor drain without cleanout

I have an older house with a basement floor drain that feeds to a gray water tank (separate from our septic tank). There is also a drain for our washing machine and a sink that feed into the same ...
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Replacing Kool decking

I want to replace my cracked and bumpy Kool deck. What do I need to do to take it completely off my pool deck?
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Leaky bathtub, need to fix the passthrough hole for the extension

Sometimes when we use the bathtub we get water dripping downstairs, in the kitchen. This morning I've removed the cover of the bathtub and figured that the hole for the extension cord of the shower ...
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Limit switch failure

My XL80 trane failure! Limit switch SWT1258 fails at least twice a year now, first one lasted 10 years and then all replacements only last 3 to 10 months. Seems the switch is used too much but air ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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Bath handles hanging and small chip in enamel

We let our house for 5 years to uncaring tenants. The bath (was new) now has the grip handles hanging off both sides and there is a small chip in the white enamel. It was assumed the bath would need ...
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How can I use a portable A/C unit to cool my clean room?

So, I have built a room inside my shop, a clean room for finish and airbrushing. I want to cool this room as I spend more time in it than the rest of my shop (garage) So, I get a portable unit. ...
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My washer won`t finish its cycle anymore

I bought a used washer (Inglis; ID4200) about a year ago. A month after my purchase, the washer would just stop in the middle of the cycle. I didn't pay attention to that as the machine would resume ...
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How do I cleanly install speaker wire in a mobile home?

I have a decent amount of experience with all sorts of wiring in houses and offices. However all of my experience relates to buildings which have attics or dropped ceilings. I now am installing ...
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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 ...

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