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Where can I buy elbow grease? [closed]

Whenever I'm in the process of fixing something or building something, people keep telling me all it needs is some elbow grease to fix a problem I am having. Although I'm not sure where to buy this ...
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Importance of Following Procedure

I'm an amateur at woodworking/masonry/anything home-improvement related. I'm building a bench, and the following (parts 7c and 7d) forms part of the bench's building procedure. I can't visualize nor ...
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How can I level my concrete slab for patio door instalation

How do I use that self leveling stuff on a slab of concrete? I've seen floor companies use it for floor tiles. Maybe there is something else I need to buy? I have one area of concrete slab that I need ...
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How to get limestone out of water?

I moved into a new place, the tap water here is good except for massive amounts of limestone. Within a week every pot i have has formed a layer that takes half an hour of scrubbing to get off. It's ...
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Why does dirt kill saw blades?

What is it about dirt getting into a saw blade (as opposed to, say, sawdust, rock chips, etc (presuming the right blade is being used, of course)) that will kill a saw blade? I've seen it happen to ...
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FPE panels replaced [closed]

Does any of you who is electrician know if my home insurance can refund me for having the Federal Pacific E panel and wiring replaced? I got it replaced with new one because I was warned that the ...
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1answer
27 views

Trimming timber support to remove suspected mold

I am doing some plumbing work on a shower that has not been used for several years. It previously had a slow leak that caused a damp spot on the ceiling below. I noticed a small patch of black mold ...
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How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it?

How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it? Hi. I live Arlington VA and the frost line is 2 feet. I was able to obtain and old (no longer ...
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4answers
59 views

Should I use a Ridge/Soffit vent or Attic Fan?

I am getting ready to redo the roof on our house (shingles and some sheathing) and I am wondering what kind of venting I should add to the roof. The roof currently is not vented at all and as a result ...
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2answers
33 views

How can I remove polyurethane while it is still wet?

I applied a coat of Polyshades on top of a cabinet I am refinishing. It looks HORRIBLE! I'm trying to be patient but I have other things to do and don't want to wait a day or two to remove the ...
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3answers
43 views

What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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1answer
365 views

Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall

I had a leak in the roof of my garage in the corner. I called a professional to come and fix it, so the leak is now fixed. I was left with a hole in my ceiling inside the garage. I proceeded to ...
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1answer
55 views

How should I wire a ceiling fan remote where two switches are used to control the fixture?

I have 2 wall switches. 4 wires coming out of ceiling (black-hot, red-hot, white-common, bare- ground), a ceiling fan and a remote. How do I wire them and still be able to use wall switches? I can ...
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1answer
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New pre hung interior door is 28" and the old area was 29 11/26 is this too big of an area to use this door? [duplicate]

My old door was 29. 11/16" and the new pre hung interior door is 28". Is this gap too big if an area to use this door. The other threads all have smaller gaps. Also should I butt up to one side or ...
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2answers
37 views

What do I do with a 1 11/16" gap when installing a new pre-hung door?

I am replacing a door with a pre-hung door including the jamb. The old door was 29 11/16" wide. The new pre-hung door is 28". Is this too big of a gap? Should I make it plumb on one side and make up ...
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3answers
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Extremely confusing 48 v on neutral

I am actually a pretty good electrician, but am baffled by what I found today. During a remodel and adding a few new boxes for future lights, I received a shock from a neutral wire and a floating ...
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2answers
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What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?

I have a Kenmore washing machine (model 110.92273100) that doesn't spin. I've taken the gearbox off, and when I spin the input shaft (motor coupler), it seems to act the way I would expect. When I ...
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2answers
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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3answers
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How to fill large 1" gap between preform laminate countertop and wall

We are trying to save money and replaced an old laminate countertop with a newer preform laminate countertop, where the backsplash is part of the laminate countertop. The countertop is an "L" shape, ...
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Deadlock not working properly

The deadlock on our front door has worked fine for 2.5 years. You could hear a "clunk" when it was turned. Now, all of a sudden, the latch slides over silently with no resistance. The major problem ...
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2answers
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Why two breakers (one for the line, one for the neutral) on a single-phase line?

I'm wondering why in my house I have a tied-together pair of breakers (one breaker for the hot line, the other for the neutral) for one geyser, while my other geyser only has its hot line with a ...
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2answers
43 views

Is tung oil a good product for natural oak cabinets?

In my new house, all the cabinetry is natural bare oak. The house is about 8 years old. Chances are the cabinetry is original and doesn't appear to be finished with anything. I'm considering using ...
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1answer
30 views

Dispersion Paint

Should I paint my apartment using a white dispersion paint? What kind of finish would it have, do dispersion paints leave a plasticky surface as seen in some hospitals and schools please? My ...
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51 views

Cheap alternative to cutting boards [closed]

I need a cutting board for my leather project. The ones you can buy at the hobby store are ridiculously expensive the bigger board is the more insane goes the price. I dont believe the material of ...
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1answer
142 views

Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster

I'm in the process of re-doing my kitchen. One of the issues I have to deal with is that the original construction is double brick, furred out with 1 inch strips, then plaster over gypsum. This ...
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0answers
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How can I control a light with a contactor and timer?

I want to control the outside light of my house with a timer and a contactor, but I don't know how to go about the wiring. Should the supply from the DB go to the timer or the contactor first?
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1answer
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Am I using the correct concrete blocks for the base of my shed and how many do I need?

I'm building a Suncast Sutton storage shed, see here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Suncast-Sutton-7-ft-3-in-x-7-ft-4-5-in-Resin-Storage-Shed-BMS7791/203702042. I followed the instructions ...
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1answer
21 views

Is it possible to use a dimmable LED GU10 bulb on a non-dimmable circuit?

Is it possible to use a dimmable LED GU10 bulb on a non-dimmable circuit? I know you cannot use the opposite.
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0answers
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What could be causing the hot water run, then stop?

We have a 300 lt. hot water tank fed by either pumped tank water (2.5hp pump, 60m horizontal run, 5m vertical) or by mains water (limited to 850kpa). Water is heated on low tariff electricity and hot ...
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1answer
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Crack in shower stall floor

I need some advice. My shower stall in my house has a crack in the base. I'm worried about the potential water damage below the unit. I've tried sealing it with Real Seal, but it wears away after a ...
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1answer
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What to look at first when when circut breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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1answer
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How to fully close a door

I have a problem. My door, when it closes doesn't completely close. The lower part of the door manages to rest next to the door frame. But the upper part of the door leaves a lot of space between the ...
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0answers
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Run a fluorescent fixture with fewer lamps?

I have some 3-lamp recessed fluorescent fixtures that are too bright. Can I remove one of the tubes and run them just with two lamps? Will that hurt the ballast or the remaining tubes? These are T8 ...
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3answers
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Hanging an over-the-range microwave without top cabinet

I have an over-the-range microwave with wall bracket but no cabinets above. It is safe to hang it solely by the wall bracket or is the top cabinet to bolt it to a requirement? If it matters, this is ...
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1answer
31 views

Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the cold water heater?
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1answer
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How do I seal an electrical box for a ceiling fan?

We recently installed new electrical boxes and hung fans from them. We caulked around the boxes to seal off airflow into the attic. There are several small holes (and one has a medium sized hole) on ...
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1answer
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Finding and installing a carbon monoxide/natural gas detector

I am looking at installing a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector on the ceiling of my house. I cannot find one device that combines both types of detection and that is supposed to be mounted in ...
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1answer
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Fix single hung window glass that is cracked

My question is somewhat similar to this question - How can I fix a window with cracked glass?. The difference is that my window is single hung. The windows are double pane and the inside pane has a ...
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1answer
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How to run flexible metal conduit through wall of attached garage?

The photo shows a disconnected generator transfer switch and a sub-panel in an interior room on a wall that is shared with an attached garage. The transfer switch is pre-wired with some sort of ...
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2answers
88 views

Quiet door latch

I have a bathroom door that is quite loud when operated. And when someone goes to the bathroom at night, it innevatibly wakes someone up (and baby room is just across from the bathroom!) there are 3 ...
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1answer
52 views

How to make wall anchors hold

I am putting up some shelving today. Unfortunately, the wall anchors don't seem to be taking. I used some plastic ones which didn't work as I was able to pull them out of the wall about half an inch. ...
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1answer
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It is safe to insulate my uninsulated oven?

I have a Hotpoint gas range. I got it because it has no electronics and will probably last until the bombs fall and the ants and cockroaches take over. It is awesome, and cooks my food as well as any ...
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0answers
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How to make dry pack mortar with a cement mixer?

I was trying to make a dry pack cement/sand with a cement/concrete mixer, but it was very hard to do it without exceding in the amount of water (for dry pack). I was using 1 part cement, 3 parts fine ...
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2answers
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How can I find out which ethernet cable goes where?

I moved in to a house where I have a bunch of cables in the basement that go god knows where. Is there a way to find out the destination and purpose of all of them?
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3answers
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Block view, but allow sunlight from windows

I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street. I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily ...
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1answer
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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2answers
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How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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3answers
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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3answers
283 views

What's the easiest way to cut a chunk out of a buried railroad tie?

I'm in the process of digging holes for concrete piers (for a small deck - nothing fancy) and on my last hole I came across what appears to be an underground railroad tie (or some other huge piece of ...

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