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What type of contractor would I hire to level a concrete floor?

I am doing some renovations, and I've recently uncovered an original concrete floor that I would like to have leveled for carpet to be installed. It's currently sloped from level with the adjoining ...
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Breaker problem after bad weather? [duplicate]

Electrical storm the other night. Woke up in the morning and half the power in the house is out. I tested all the breakers and three of them tested bad. A double breaker tests good on one side but bad ...
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Removing angled section from edge of board?

I have a 1" thick sheet (maybe plywood or solid wood or MDF) and I would like to cut a section out of the edge. This image shows the board, in green, in cross section: The angle is 30/60 degrees. ...
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How to cut edge of vanity

Just bought a house and the bathroom vanity has an unfortunate countertop situation--clearly the countertop was too big for the vanity, but they just put it on top and let it hang over the ...
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how do you install a glass door on a drywall?

I have made a cabinet style cutout in the drywall and finished with dry wall. Now I want to install a glass door to this drywall and want to know how and best way to do it.
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Any affordable technology to detect things in a paper box? [migrated]

I put things in a paper box. This is good for saving spaces and moving. But that makes it difficult to find things. NFC stickers would have been perfect if it worked within 1 meter range, but that ...
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How can I replace a single pole light switch with Z-Wave light switch?

I'm trying to replace a single-pole switch with a z-wave switch. I'm new to electrical stuff, I understand a little of the terminology just from reading the black & decker wiring book. I turned ...
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Stud finding for window curtains — what does it mean that the whole side of the window frame is magnetic?

I had originally hung up window curtains by putting plastic anchors into the plaster and screwing into those. After a year, that fell out. Searching online, it seems if I find the studs / wood ...
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How can I install a window screen without modifying my building

Our HOA doesn't allow us to drill into the stucco of our building. Is there a way I can install a window screen without drilling holes in the building's exterior?
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Balloon architecture

From what I think I have read, balloon framing did not have bottom plates unless I have a very unique house. I am trying to open a wall that runs parallel with the joists. It is currently a 30 inch ...
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Help with fire code in a condo building

We had a "contractor" come out to bid our project and told me I needed to cut the drywall off one side of our living room wall. (We live on the 15th floor of a condo building in Minneapolis MN.) I did ...
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How can I add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch?

I would like to add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch. I am fine with the switch controlling both the light and fan at the same time as the light only has 14-2 running to the ...
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Are conduits run along floors code permitted?

I'm running 240v outlets in my garage for several woodworking machines. To keep the conduits out of sight, I'd like to run them 4-6" off the floor along the bottom of the wall. Is this allowable ...
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Air Conditioner Can't Keep up

We just rented a condo and our A/C cannot keep up so it will run almost constantly. It can't even keep the temperature constant, it will creep up into the 80s even while running. I measured the ...
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How often should I paint the exterior of my house?

We're about to have the exterior of our house repainted. How often should we expect the paint to last? Location: Metro Atlanta, GA Surfaces: Wood & Wood Composite Siding (Yes, I know it sucks) ...
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Stripping parquet floor glue to install underfloor heating

We have a huge lounge in our new house (in the UK) and it is covered with parquet flooring which we dislike. The little wooden blocks are starting to work loose here and there, so I don't see it as ...
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Why is my motion activated light switch in my pantry also controlling my bathroom light? [closed]

I installed this motion activated light switch, and felt so smart doing so and getting it to work. Now I've realized that the motion activator is also controlling the adjacent bathroom light. Can ...
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1answer
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Outdoor Conduit for A/C and outlet

I am in the process of putting down some outdoor conduit at one of my properties. I am replacing some old UF wire that wasn't buried properly (or came up over the years) and has shorted. I chose to ...
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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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White Smoke coming out of Briggs and Stratton engine

The Issue: I recently purchased a 9 kilowatt generator running on a 17hp Briggs and Stratton engine which ran pretty well when I first bought it except for a little white smoke. I replaced the ...
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1answer
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How do I separate these wires?

My ceiling fan stopped working and I want to remove the light box from the fan so that I can replace an in-line fuse holder. In order to separate the light box from the fan rotation device, I need to ...
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Repair fridge door shelves

Our fridge has two white plastic shelves on the door. Both are cracked in the bottom - one just around the center, and one where almost the entire bottom has cracked along the front. I'm not ...
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Repair LCD TV - Possible damage from AC [on hold]

Okay, so I installed an AC on my room ~ 3 weeks ago, and my TV basically no longer works. I never had an issue with this TV since I purchased it 6 years ago. I have been experiencing the exact ...
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Can a dryer exhaust through PVC in a slab?

I have a single story home in California, with a concrete slab foundation and a laundry room located in the hallway. The dryer vent connection is just a PVC pipe running down into the slab, and then ...
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Grounding wires

For a light fixture, if I ground the wire to the light fixture and the wire in the box is also grounded, do I need to connect the two grounded wires? The cooper wire within the box is extremely ...
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1answer
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Dropped Item in hot water heater

When I was redoing the plumbing to my hot water heater I accidentally dropped a pen cap down the vent stack/flu. Will this cause any problems? Like melting or catching on fire? Its going to take a ...
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Angle grinder 4 1/2" diamond blade with 7/8 in. with 5/8 in. insert included -what is the insert for?

I have a 4 1/2" angle grinder and I bought this blade because I need to cut some concrete bricks for my patio. With the blade I received a small disk that fits in the hole of the diamond disk and it ...
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Can't find correct size outdoor spigot handle

I have ordered several faucet handles but every one has been too large, or the wrong shape (square). Home Depot and Lowe's have handles but all too large or the wrong shape. Universal Outdoor Faucet ...
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Should I seal real brick installed on interior basement wall?

We recently installed 100+ year old brick on one of our basement walls and was wondering if it is recommended to seal it. If so, what would be a product to use?
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a termporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Broken Miele Novotronic door latch

The latch on our tumble dryer door has broken. I've looked inside where the door clips in and I can see the following It is my belief that the plastic has actually snapped where shown (although I ...
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Can I paint over this?

Can I paint over Dulux Kitchens and bathrooms moisture resistant soft sheen emulusion with Dulux kitchen+ grease and stain protection Matt ?
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Repair a table after an accident with a candle

We had a little accident with a candle on our table, so I have to fix the following problems: Burned hole about 5x5 centimeters (top left in the photo) Scratch, about 1 millimeter deep, and one ...
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Best way to attach a steel t-beam to a wall?

In my new flat I will build a huge platform into one of the rooms. It will be very much like a loft bed, but wider. I'm in a very early planning phase. The room is about 3m across (no plan or exact ...
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Fix localized wooden parquet floor scratches

I just noticed that there are some scratches on our wooden parquet floor. They are very localized and the remaining of the floor is in very good condition. Is there a way to make these invisible? They ...
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1answer
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Plywood plate for mounting to wall

I would like to attach a projector arm to my drywall, but the mounting plate of the arm is a bit wider than a wall stud. ...
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New Construction Home - Basement

My family is building a new home and the weather hasn't been cooperating. We have two big concerns that we have brought to the builder. We are looking for some advice regarding these concerns. ...
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Is it acceptable to install a pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar?

Is it acceptable practice to install pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar securing the mosaic tiles to the pool surface?? My pool contractor did this with a large turtle mosaic and now the ...
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Moved thermostat now ac wont turn on

So i was moving my thermostat to another room. I cut the wire to splice a new wire in. I got zapped first then spliced the wire. Now my thermostat is good to go but when it calls for the ac to kick on ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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1answer
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Greek-Symbol Theta on Stainless-Steel Nut?

I am trying to understand everything I can about some stainless-steel nuts that I have come across. I have already researched and found information on the characters at the bottom of each nut, but I ...
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1answer
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Framing new wall/door

I have a dining room that I want to convert into a home office. There are two openings that I would like to close up and put doors in. Here is a rendering of both locations: I made an attempt at ...
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How heavy is too heavy? mounting heavy window planter boxes

I want to mount some heavy planter boxes on an outside wall under windows. The boxes are 52” wide and will go below nylon window frames that are a little more than 48” wide. I have a frame house ...
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1answer
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Ok to paint Kilz on wooding flooring with faced insulation beneath?

My livingroom carpeted floor has some pet odors and cigarette smoke smell from a previous tenant. I'm replacing the flooring with laminate and the installer recommended painting Kilz on the floor ...
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1answer
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Do they still make attachments for this track lighting?

. This light fixture is a track to which things attach. It came with spots; I've been asked to see if I can't 'shed more light,' so I'd like to go see if I can acquire alternative things. Can anyone ...
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How do I tell if my house is brick or brick veneer?

I live in a brick house, and am interested in understanding whether it is brick or brick veneer, as a way to understand what kind of risks it (and we) may face during an earthquake. I hear that brick ...
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1answer
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Dural lamp ballast for one lamp?

After replaced my lamp ballast, I smelled the smoke but the ballast and lamp should be correct after consulted Home Depo specialist. My new ballast could support 1 or 2 lamps, but I only use one lamp ...
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What are some relatively cheap options for finishing a room in a barn to be used as a workshop/garage?

I am looking at setting up a wood shop in a room in an old barn and am trying to come up with some good options for finishing/minimizing moisture. The exterior barn walls are concrete and the interior ...
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1answer
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

I just tiled the bathtub alcove and it came out great. Now I need to seal the grout. My question is, do i seal just the grout lines or do I apply the seal on the tiles and the grout? Thank you.

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