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What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?

I have to travel about a quarter mile through the wilderness, carrying a 4x8 each time to get to a remote building location. Some of the terrain can be tricky, otherwise I might fall in the water. Any ...
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How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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What could cause my water tank to leak only when I turn off the main water supply?

I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off ...
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How best to add insulation under a rubber roof with an air gap?

I'm trying to find out if I can insulate my ceiling. Half the house has attic, half does not. Everywhere (from top down) I have rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, 2x8. Then, in the attic, that is ...
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Furniture needs to be attached to the wall, but my tenancy agreement doesn't allow it

I've just rented an unfurnished apartment. Obviously I need some furniture. However, wherever I look (IKEA and similar websites), the instructions for any furniture I look at say that it has to be ...
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how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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Where to attach the “C” wire to my furnace?

I am upgrading to a new thermostat which requires a "c" wire to power it. I have an unused blue wire running from my thermostat to my furnace that I plan to use as the common wire. However, I am ...
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Can I work on resetting pavers on my patio after a heavy rain?

This is about a pavers patio. If you are curious about the whole context please see my other questions. Last night it rained a lot. I have some problems due to water collecting near the wall of my ...
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3answers
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What kind of floor is this?

I got different answers from different contractors and I am so confused now. Some said this is hardwood, and some said this is bamboo. If is it wood, is it possible to tell what kind of wood is this? ...
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How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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1answer
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What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?

Except in summer, faucets sputter and spit. What could be letting air into the system? In this case the setup is in the Northeast USA, New York State, with a pressure bladder tank, and shallow well. ...
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Should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw?

I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read ...
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Load Bearing Interior wall help [duplicate]

I want to knock down the 2 walls (circle in red & yellow). The image on the left is the ground floor. The right image is the top floor. Can anyone help determine which one(s) is the load bearing ...
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2answers
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How can I deal with non square walls when installing a countertop with backsplash?

I am converting the huge upstairs master suite in my house into a studio apartment. I have built a kitchenette in one of the dormers. Everything is coming along and looks great. But when the ...
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1answer
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Do we need to re-install tiles if it was exposed to water for 20 minutes after installation?

The tile installers didn't shut off the shower valve when they left after installing tile work in our shower. We turned on the main water supply and 15 minutes later, we went to the bathroom to check ...
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1answer
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What can I do about my kitchen sink that has clogged suddenly and completely?

I had no problem with my double kitchen sink ever since getting Nu-Flo in our 1970s pipes, and their installers told me the kitchen drain had been installed going up instead of down so it caused the ...
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1answer
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How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking between the metal frame and the foundation. The concrete is chipping ...
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1answer
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What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...
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Amp size required [duplicate]

What amp rating is required for a wall recepticles. I thought 20 amp was required. Our new home has 15 amp protection on the wall recepticles. Is this code?
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What insulation should I use in my attached garage?

I'm currently tearing out the sheetrock and everything in my attached garage to do general repairs to other things. I quickly found that there wasn't a single bit of insulation (which explains a lot ...
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1answer
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How can I stop the humming produced by my water heater blower motor?

Plumber installed a new Bradford White 75 gallon cold water heater with power vent. The first blower motor started a high-pitched whine/squeal (bad bearing?) approx 6 months after install. Motor was ...
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1answer
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Do I need a moisture barrier between sub floor wolmanit and engineered floating bamboo clip together flooring?

I'm using walmanite 3' by 5' by 1/4" over an original Pine slate floor my grandfather put in. do i NEED to put some type of barrier like tar paper between them? there has never been a barrier and no ...
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1answer
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Why would the power only to the upstairs lights go off mysteriously?

The house was built in 1890 I came home tried to turn on light upstairs and thought the bulb blew. I replaced bulb but still didn't work. Then I realized that my computer was also off as was every ...
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Are entry door systems with lock release secure?

I am renovating my recently bought house. It currently has a entry door system with a lock release on the yale lock so that you can release the door from one of the handsets. something like this. I ...
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1answer
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Why do basement walls need less insulation than crawlspace walls?

I used this DoE calculator: http://web.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_16.html For Washington, DC, it recommended R25 for crawlspace walls and R11 for basement walls. Why would they be ...
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Can I add a 50 amp breaker for an arc welder?

If my service disconnect breaker is a 150 and my fuse box isn't maxed out, 3 slots still available would I be pushing the limits to add a 50 amp breaker for a arc welder? I haven't pulled the cover ...
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1answer
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How can I replace an old dial thermostat on an oil furnace with Hydrostat 3250 Plus?

I recently bought a home with an oil fired Biasi furnace that has a Hydrostat 3250-Plus attached. It uses an old analog round dial thermostat, and I'd like to replace it with a new digital (wifi) ...
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3answers
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Do receptacles require a 20 ampere breaker?

I thought wall recepticles required a 20 amp breaker. Am I wrong?
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1answer
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How can I get replacement floorboards to match existing floorboards?

I've just moved into a 1930's house and have started work on restoring the original floorboards. I had to replace around one third in each room with new boards from a local timber yard. After sanding ...
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1answer
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Can I use 1/4 inch cork to equalize floors before installing laminate flooring?

We are planning on installing laminate. We would like to install over top of the lino but there's a 1/4 inch difference between the kitchen and the living room flooring. I was wondering if using ...
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Can I use 1“ XPS and fiberglass batts instead of 2” XPS insulation in my basement?

I have read multiple sources on the internet suggesting use of 2" XPS foam boards to insulate basement foundation and then building a 2x4 wall in front of it. 2" foam board is very expensive when ...
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Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use?

Can I use a traditional router bit on a small concrete slab? And if no what can I use? I'm getting ready to make a coffee table. I know the trick where you put silicone in the corners to achieve a ...
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can you install LED floodlight in a regular ceiling fan?

I'm considering buying this LED bulb to replace a 60w incandescent bulb on a ceiling fan: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-78691-Reflector-Replacing-Incandescent/dp/B00K1AHQXS The ceiling fan actually ...
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How to move/remove the bracing from this desk?

So, I am the proud new owner of this new desk! I've never needed a desk before. Unfortunately, along the long side, I find myself leaning and writing. A lot. The brace at the bottom really gets in ...
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How can I prevent my dining table from tilting?

I am building a dining table similar to this one - The problem, if you apply some pressure, the opposite ends lift up. In fact, that box underneath itself lifts up. One way is to add a big plate ...
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Can I repair a plaster ceiling with drywall?

I had a leak from my upstairs bathroom that came into my kitchen. The repairs for the leak can be done through the kitchen ceiling where the damage is. My ceiling is plaster that has been ...
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Can I have a washer, electric dryer, oil tank, and oil burner all in the same room?

Is it safe to have the washer and an electric dryer in a basement room with an oil tank, oil burner for water baseboards and water heater?
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Can I safely affix tile to a panel of plywood?

I plan on affixing some 5/8" glass mosaic tile to a panel of plywood roughly 43 x 44". I then plan on using that as the face of our bar by affixing that plywood to the bar. My concern is that they ...
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How can I get power to this garage?

What options are there for getting power to this garage? The pale grey stuff is concrete, and the flags have been recently cemented down so am keen to avoid pulling them up if possible. Have seen ...
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How to build canted riser for queen mattress?

My wife has severe allergies and has found that sleeping on an incline helps matters. We have a queen mattress on an Ikea MALM bedframe, and I'm trying to think of a simple way to test this out easily ...
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How can I paint galvanized metal?

I often have metal gates galvanized and are required to give the final product a coat of paint. As is known about galvanized metal, the zinc begins to oxidize with the air and creates the flaky ...
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How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?

I need to wire about 4 light fixtures through a parallel circuit, I wanted to see if I am going about this the best possible way. Each fixture needs it's own independent switch. From the panel I am ...
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How to repaint a metal door and keep the paint from scratching off?

I need to paint an exterior door that not only is metal, but has a small amount of rust on the outer edges. The door is used quite often and takes a lot of wear and tear. The past paint jobs have not ...
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how many ring or radial socket makes a circuit

like how many sockets can one have on a either ring or radial circuit planned to be protected by 20A breaker
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Can I replace Halogen fixtures with these LED fixtures?

I just moved into a new apartment, in the bathroom there are 6 lights in the ceiling and a dimmable switch next to the door. I want to change the bulbs to LEDs, but these damn halogen bulbs are ...
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What could cause this ongoing problem with my immersion heater?

For a year now, I've had nothing but trouble with my hot water tank. I'm in rented accommodations, and my landlord is sick of me calling him saying my tanks not working. The whole thing has been ...
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oval undermount lavatory sinks that'd fit 18.25“ x 15.25” cutout? [closed]

I'd like to replace my 20 year old lavatory sinks but keep the countertop, and am having a tough time finding sinks that fit the latter. Can anyone suggest (mfr model or retailer?) oval undermount ...
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What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?

To add a lighting circuit in my garage I need to pass NM cable from the attic adjacent the garage through drywall to ceiling outlets in the garage. What is the proper way to route and secure the cable ...
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How do I prepare walls for wallpaper after removing wallpaper?

Do I have to take the old glue side of wall paper off before I wall paper again? How do I prep the walls?

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