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Our backsplash tile has raised oval design a how do we work around electrical outlets?

The tile we chose for our kitchen redesign is long and narrow (3" x 9") with a raised oval design. This image isn't the same brand as ours (We purchased Portfolio) but this is almost identical. ...
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How do I fill a hole above my shower where cockroaches are coming through?

I recently moved into an old brownstone and realized that there is a cockroach issue in the entire building. I'm working on getting rid of them but the other night I noticed some were near the ceiling ...
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What would a calculation be for the weight bearing capacity of 6 x 2 studwork?

I'm building a campus board (a training aid for rock climbing) and my landlord wants to know how someone can be sure a person's body weight can be supported from it. I'm at a loss on how to give him ...
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Options for covering an in-wall safe removal?

I recently removed an in-wall safe which fit neatly between two 16"-on-center studs. But now I'm left with a big hole in the wall where the safe once was. Since the hole is behind a closet door, I'd ...
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How do I connect TV cables to this signal booster unit?

I am trying to connect some coaxial cables to a antenna amplifier unit. I have 3 cables going to various TV plugs, and a single cable connected to an antenna. All cables are terminated with the ...
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light sensor switch to turn lights on at daytime

I would like to turn my basement lights on at daytime, and off at night. All light sensors seem to work the other way, turning light off at daytime. Is there such light sensor to turn lights on at ...
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Can we convert fixed speed compressor to a variable speed compressor?

There are two types of compressors normally used in our household refrigerators and AC. First is known as fixed speed and second variable speed drive compressor. The later compressor type (VSD) saves ...
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When installing backer board for wall tiles, do the screws need to be absolutely flush or even pushed into the backer?

I'm asking because some screws will not go in fully flush. But I'm thinking the layer of thinset then tile will surely cover any screws that aren't flush, so tiles won't 'pop' out.
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Basement Subfloor for Moisture Problems

I have a slight moisture problem in the basement. During really torrential rainstorms of 5+ inches of rain, sometimes water seeps up though the concrete floor in the basement. I'm looking at ...
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Can I use a junction box to splice together wires that are on a different circuit?

I'm doing some work inside a wall that has some 12/2 NM cable running through where I need to put something. The cable doesn't have any additional slack for me to route it around the obstruction. I ...
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What type of wood is recommended for an outdoor jungle gym?

I'm not sure what other specs to include, as I haven't started the blueprints yet, just wanted to price the main parts out to see if it would be cost effective to build one vs buying from a big box ...
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1answer
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Multiple recepticles in a circuit which covers multiple rooms, all controlled by a single GFCI receptacle

I have a 120VAC 15 AMP Circuit that powers 2 receptacles on a back porch and 5 receptacles in a garage on the opposite end of the house. The first receptacle in the circuit is a GFCI on the back ...
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Is it possible to reduce the diameter of a drill bit?

I would like to know if it is possible to reduce a drill bit diameter (the body and not the shank). From times to times I need to work with dimensions that are not integer number or half number.... ...
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What could be causing my A/C not to come on?

I had a thermostat get hot and smell, replaced thermostat. Still not working found fuse on control board blown replaced fuse. Lights on control board indicate no problems. Replaced 18/5 cable from ...
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How do you finish carpet on the landing at the top of a hardwood staircase?

If I'm installing hardwood treads and risers and removing carpet from the stairs, what do you do with the top or landing if you have carpet on there now? Would you just have the carpet wrap over top ...
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1answer
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Laying new tile on subfloor with old plumbing holes, patch needed?

Laying floor on a subfloor that has old plumbing holes in 3 places. The biggest one is just 2 inches, the rest are smaller. Otherwise the floor is in excellent condition. I'm using ditra. Is it ...
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1answer
39 views

How do I improve the soundproofing between two rooms?

I wamt to improve the soundproofing of a wall shared by 2 rooms. At the moment, I can hear the TV, conversations, etc, from my brother's room. The TV and conversations are extremely clear; I can make ...
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1answer
34 views

Is glue needed to hang a cabinet with a french cleat?

I have an overjohn that comes with a french cleat. Someone told me that all I needed to do was secure the french cleat to the wall and just hang the overjohn on it, no glue or anything else. Is this ...
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Why won't stain go on evenly on my oak floors?

I sanded and stained new oak floors. Several areas look blotchy like it was sponged on, which is was not. Other areas won't take the stain and are much lighter. These areas did not show up until after ...
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Sliding wooden patio door getting harder to open/close

We have a sliding wooden patio door that keeps getting harder and harder to close. I notice every now and then that when I do close it wood shavings fall from the top, and I can tell where they're ...
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1answer
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how to keep a wet edge applying poly to the floors of a whole house

My floors are ready for poly. Is it possible to keep a wet edge, when the whole house needs poly, and every room conects to another with 2 diffrent doorways? Every path i can think of to take will end ...
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1answer
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How do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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1answer
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Can I build 11' x 5.5' loft with 2x2x8 beam and 2x4 joist?

I have looked at a lot of span tables and calculators and am not sure if I can safely build this loft. It is in a garage and will need to bear the weight of two or three people and a build-in desk ...
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56 views

How do I stress test a roof for leaks?

I am about to have some ceiling work done on my house that has previously had roof leaks. I would like to be sure that the repairs to the roof are successful. How would I go about stress testing the ...
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2answers
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Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs

I seem to have an issue with the table top and legs I have purchased from IKEA. For reference, the table top I purchased is here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/ and the legs I ...
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Attaching windows wells to foundation

In fighting some recent leaking issues, I've discovered that my window well are not attached to the foundation. It's a steel window well. It's fairly snug against the house, but I can wiggle it fairly ...
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Messy tile/wood floor transition (PICTURES)

I'm troubleshooting this transition between a new level floor on the right and an uneven tile (the tile in the front of the picture is about 1/2" higher than the tile in the back of the picture) floor ...
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Ideas/Advice for my Roof Rebuild

I need some advice about drawing up blueprints for a new roof on our house. Thanks to some shoddy workmanship on an addition before we bought the house we need to completely remove the existing roof ...
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Wall crack between two windows - is it serious?

I recently noticed some cracks from one corner of a window to the corner of another window above it. It looks like the previous owner did some work but it is happening again. See picture: Similar ...
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1answer
51 views

How do I remove this doorknob?

We live in a townhouse built in the 40s ... probably renovated in the 50s ... I want to replace this doorknob with one that has a key lock. I can't figure out how to remove it! I was able to ...
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1answer
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Does my travertine-tiled shower have thin set leaking out the bottom?

I have shower tiled with travertine and along the entire bottom a thick almost rubber-like substance is slowly leaking out. It is a grey / black color. I'm assuming it is thin set that wasn't mixed ...
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Freezer sides are hot all the time

I have an upright freezer (Maytag) that's 2 years old. It used to work very quetly and with cool exterior for the past 2 years but in the last ~5 weeks, the sides / top are hot all the time (105 ...
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Will I need a water softener after neutralizing my well water

My spring water gets stored in a concrete cistern in the cellar. It's measuring around 6.0 pH with hardness is around 100 ppm /6 grains/gallon according to the test strips. I get blue staining in ...
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1answer
53 views

A splitter for low-voltage wire

I want to run some low-voltage wire in my yard for path/accent lighting. I want to avoid connecting everything to a single segment of wire, mainly to reduce power loss associated with long runs. So ...
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0answers
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Rusty Bulkhead Repair

My bulkhead has rusted and I would like to know the easiest way to remove this rust and prevent further rust. It is a large area and sanding would be very tedious.
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How do I identify drywall that does not have fiberglass to add strength?

I know from long experience that drywall often (always?) has glass fibers (fiberglass) mixed in with the Gypsum to add strength. Because of the number of drywall related products that have fiberglass ...
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3answers
76 views

How should I install the post for a mailbox?

The other day somebody wiped out my mailbox. It's a typical plastic mailbox, that mounts onto a 4x4 post. The old post snapped off right at ground level. Instead of trying to dig it out, I've dug a ...
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1answer
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Problem with vinyl floor

My little one dropped a bottle of kerosene and it's all over my vinyl floor in the kitchen. Water is not working to clean it, and I'm scared to use anything else. Any suggestions from expert people? ...
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Does it make sense for a high pressure water motor to run 24/7?

I am planning to buy an apartment, while enquiring about it, the marketing manager said the below points about the water facility. High Pressure water Motor will be used to suck the water from ...
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Is it possible to cut a threaded hole in wood?

Is it possible to create a threaded hole in wood? I'm making a kitchen island where the structure is 20mm threaded metal pipe (water pipe). I can either get flanges to connect it to the top or thread ...
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2answers
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Nut &bolt or nail for railing construction

the railing im making will use nails, but the question came to mind: advantages and disadvantages? between using a nut and bolt to connect two pieces of wood and using a nail to connect two pieces ...
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1answer
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Weight distribution on library ladder?

I have a very tall galkey kitchen, with cabinets run to the ceiling. A library ladder would be an ideal way to utilize this space. I have the skills necessary to fabrcate what I need, but I don't know ...
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1answer
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Cover old ugly floor in a rented apartment?

We have to move to an old rented apartment, the floor looks terrible (it's green! and that's the original color!!). How can I hide the shame? I'm looking for the cheapest solution possible (ANYTHING ...
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0answers
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Clothes Dryer electrical 240v between hot and netural, 0 between other hot and neutral

I had to move around my dryer to do some work in my laundry room. When I plugged it back in, it wouldn't turn on at all. None of the buttons would even make the lights come on. I unscrewed the end ...
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1answer
56 views

How do I connect a switch and receptacle in the same box?

I have extended wire at the end of an existing circuit. I’m installing a 2-gang box with a switch and a receptacle. I want one of the outlets to always be hot, and the other to only be hot when the ...
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1answer
30 views

Kenmore Dryer gets warm but not enough to dry clothes

My Kenmore dryer heats up a certain extent but not enough to dry the clothes in the cycle.
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1answer
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Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?

When a nut has a built in rubber washer, does the rubber side have to go on the inside as it is almost impossible to get it started?
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Why do my Delta hot and cold faucets have a delay?

My Delta kitchen hot and cold faucets both have a delay when turned on. I have a separate sprayer which I haven't used in years. What can I do to fix this?

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