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What is the best way to replace a large section of 3/4" plastered drywall?

I had some water damage at the base of a wall. I ended up tearing out the bottom half of the wall, about 55" high. I now need to close it back up. The wall that I tore out is about 3/4" thick. It ...
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How can I temporarily stop a bathroom water leak?

I'm in the process of remodeling my bathroom and currently have all the cement backerboard torn down. I had to remove the sink in order to get a good portion of the tile off. Unfortunately, my old ...
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How long should the hot water last during a shower?

Given a 40 gallon natural gas water heater, and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. How long should the shower be able to maintain 105°F water temperature? Assume the average ...
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How to skim (plaster) a tight corner under stairs?

I need to skim an area of wall below some stairs. There's a tight corner where the boards below the upstairs stairs meet a length of trim: Annoyingly, this is pretty much at eye level for anyone ...
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How can I avoid hitting wood when cutting through drywall?

I was working on concealing some TV wires, and when I cut through the drywall I noticed this wood behind. I did not have this problem in the bedroom.
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What type of 6ft fence should I get, that can take a lot of high winds?

We need to replace our chain link fence with a 6ft fence because 2 of our dogs can jump over it. We just don't know what type of fence can take a beating from the high winds we get due to the fact ...
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What could be causing water to leak out of the overflow hole from the bottom of a sink?

I have installed a new sink (A St. Thomas Creations Antiqua Petite Oval Self-Rimming Lavatory Sink with Overflow). After the water has been running for a while, water starts to leak out of the ...
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What type of water filter cartridge is right for drinking water in NYC

I moved to a new house and found a 10" big blue water filter installed under the kitchen sink, of the type that would normally be whole-house. The water tastes off and I am assuming that the cartridge ...
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How would one extract a brick chimney embedded in the middle of a house?

I have a no-longer-in-use brick chimney running from basement to attic (roof was closed over it), left over from earlier heating systems. The space alongside it is being used for plumbing and ...
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How can I avoid streaks from a paint sprayer?

I'm in the process of painting my kitchen cupboards. (I know, it's a sin to paint over wood, but it was quicker than stripping the stain). I used a foam roller for the cabinet and decided to spray the ...
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How do I weatherstrip the bottom side of my sliding patio door?

The bottom side looks like in the picture below. THe second picture shows you the door and the corner that was zoomed in the first picture. The verticals have their weatherstrips in place. It is just ...
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Did I wire this thermostat properly?

Just want to make sure I have this correct: Have M1MB 070a BW heat/ac unit w/ a 710152B control board and a Coleman outside condensing unit. -Have a four wire thermostat. R,Y,G,W -Have 2 wires coming ...
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How can I remove the condensate pump from a Miele dryer?

I can't figure out how to remove the condensate pump of a Miele tumbler dryer. The pump is locate at the center bottom at the back of the dryer. I can shift it back and forth a bit, but don't see any ...
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Why won't my electric baseboard heaters work?

I'm installing a 72" 240V baseboard heater in a home office. I ran 12/2 gauge wire, installed a 20 amp 2-pole breaker and 2-pole thermostat. I'm pretty good with electrical, and so I can confirm that ...
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What type of squeegee should I use when oiling a floor?

I have a pine wood floor I'm about to oil. The recommended procedure (according to the manufacturer) is: For about 5 boards at a time: Apply oil using a paint roller. Leave it wet for 5-10 minutes ...
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How can I cover a wood stove pipe where it passes through the second floor?

I live on 2nd floor of wood stove house. Exposed pipe runs through my room (I know it's not code...it's not my house). It gets way too warm and there's a smell... Please tell me there is something I ...
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How can I hook up my dishwasher drain properly?

I am installing a new Bosch dishwasher and have run into a conundrum hooking up the drain. The parameters are the following: The dishwasher drain hose has a rubber bit on the end marked 1/2" and ...
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How to wire in an alternate light controller?

My townhouse complex has external lights on timed controller. The controller only supports a single on and off time which means we need to keep adjusting the lights through out the year to avoid ...
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Will removing subtreads and risers that are attached with construction adhesive and nails damage the stringer?

I am extending the width of my stairs, and need to remove the existing sub treads and risers. They appear to be glued (construction adhesive I'm guessing because it is brown) and nailed. Is this ...
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How can I level a sagging concrete floor in a condo building?

I am purchasing a second floor condo that has a huge sag in a corner of one of the bedrooms. There is approximately a 1 foot drop in the corner. The issue has been resolved in the basement footings ...
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What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?

I noticed some light lines on the dry wall of one my internally facing walls. Here is a picture of the water lines: It's tough to tell from the picture (make sure to view in high resolution), but ...
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Should my Trane dual zone XB14 be short cycling?

I have a 2 yr old Trane zone dual system and it is short cycling whenever I run the ac side, I called the HVAC installer and he said that is noraml due to the fact that the temperatur is 72 degrees ...
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What's the strongest way to tie drywall into Rock-Lath/plaster with an embedded mesh?

I'm replacing our utility door that goes out to garage, and want to know the best way to tie the new drywall in with the old Rock-Lath/plaster. Usually I just put a backer board in, but with this ...
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How can I safely get rid of the odor caused by EasyOff oven cleaner?

I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell. The "fume free" part of ...
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How to make drawers soft close?

I've bought a MALM drawer system that comes without any soft close-mechanism on the drawers. Is it possible to make or buy external silencers that i can attach to the drawers so they don't make so ...
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Can I hang a mirror by anchoring into furring strips?

So I'm remodeling my half bath and I want to install this mirror. Unfortunately, Moen's site doesn't tell me how heavy the mirror is so I weighed it using my weight scale (I know, not very ...
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Why do I have a cat urine smell in the bedroom when we don't have cats?

I have a smell of cat urine in the bedroom without any having cats in the house. What could this be caused by?
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How to wire and hang chandelier over table

I removed the electrical cap from ceiling, expecting to find capped, exposed wires like my other lights. However, I found 3 wires, 2 of them (white and orange) are not exposed and basically just run ...
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Is there any way to stop the air leak through my furnace without compromising its operation?

My house has an 80% efficiency gas furnace in an interior mechanical closet with the return air path below the furnace and through a grille under the closet. However, since the furnace is not a sealed ...
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How can I add a ceiling light fixture to my apartment?

My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I ...
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Best way to stop cold air coming in from fireplace

My house was built in 1967 and has a real working fireplace. The problem is, it allows a ton of cold air into the house. There is a chimney cap (and I climbed up on the roof to verify it still works), ...
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Why would a dimmer start buzzing when some lights are broken?

I have a dimmer that controls a 3-light fixture (filled with 35W halogen incandescents). When the second light went dark (I procrastinated with replacing the first) the last one starts flickering, ...
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Where should I install the water softener?

We are planning on installing a water softener. The main water source is located outside, about 20 feet from the backyard. The water heater is located in the garage. We are wondering if we have to ...
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How can I calculate the pressure at my house faucets in this situation?

Just installed a 3,000 gallon water tank, gravity fed from our spring. I plan to install a shallow well pump at the tanks and lift about 90 feet vertical to the house. The horizontal run will be 250 ...
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How can I close off crawl space vents for the winter?

My exterior air vents are still letting air into the crawl space, even after being closed for the winter. I've seen the suggestions for wedging plywood over the air vents to further block the air, but ...
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Can I connect a whole house humidifier so that it's always on when the furnace is running?

I installed the model 500 Aprilaire. It seems to work properly, but I noticed that it only seems to maintain a max 45% humidity. So basically it's not always running when my furnace is on unless it's ...
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How can I switch underfloor heating pump after boiler?

my heating system has a boiler which is switched on by a thermostat, it works like this: L/N -> thermostat -> zone valve -> boiler The zone valve has 4 wires, L, N, call for heat and common; once ...
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Could vibrations from a nearby printing press cause damage to my three story RCC foundation concrete building?

My three story RCC foundation concrete building is vibrating. About 30 meters distance industrial printing press machines are continuously working, and I find out when machines start working my ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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What does a novice DIY'er need to know before building a wall higher than 8' (14.5' feet to be exact)?

I came upon this question, but it is regarding industrial space: How do you frame a wall more than 8-10 feet tall? Therefore, I am asking a new question that pertains to my residential situation. ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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Is it really such a terrible idea to have original pine floorboards in a bathroom?

we have just pulled up some awful old carpet in our bathroom and found that, underneath a layer of particle board, there are lovely old (original?) pitch pine floorboards in lovely condition - I'm so ...
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streamlined snow shoveling

In my snow removal history, I've used a total of 2 different methods. The first and current method, involves using a normal cheap snow shovel which isn't very effective, strains your back, but makes ...
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What is causing the clothes washer GFCI to trip?

I have a clothes washer which came with a gfci adapter. The cord didn't quite reach the nearest outlet, so we had the washer plugged into a (grounded) 3-outlet interior extension cord, then to the ...
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Convert pair of 3-way switches to a one single-pole with neutral

I have a circuit controlled by a pair of 3-way switches wired like this: where there is 12/3 from the panel to the first switch box with the white not connected. I'd like to replace the switch in ...
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Why do utility companies sometimes offer incentives for having equipment that uses less of their product? [closed]

Originally asked as a follow up question, and lost in the controversy of Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs? (They will only give me a free FRONT-loader if it's on the ...
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How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?

Our home is 15 years old. We rented our house for a year. When we moved back it smelt like burning smell. We started getting sick. The smell seemed to come form the kitchen drain. It smelt kind of ...
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Will enclosing my porch keep my house warmer?

Will enclosing my porches during the winter help keep my house warmer? There is a lot of wind hitting the house, and I'm afraid that is causing a drop in temperature.
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Is it possible to install backer-board on a curved surface?

We are replacing the carpet around our Heart Shaped tub with tile. For better waterproofing we are using cement board on the top surface. The tub is sunk in the concrete floor with a 7" step up to ...
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Can I use the existing rigid copper plumbing when replacing a water heater?

We have a 40 gal RUDD water heater installed in 1997. We are thinking of replacing it before it starts leaking. The existing plumbing is with rigid copper, with an expansion tank connected on the ...

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