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What is the proper glue to use to bond two pieces of plywood together as a substrate for formica?

We are preparing a kitchen counter top for new formica. The original plywood is still intact but is rough, so we will glue 3/8" plywood on top of it for a smooth durable surface. What is the best ...
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Why is the pressure vacuum breaker leaking while trying to blow out my sprinkler system?

I'm trying to hook my air compressor to my sprinkler system's Pressure Vacuum Breaker valve. It's a Febco 765-1. I'm hooking it to Testcock #1 in the diagram on page 2 of above. The air goes ...
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How to get threshold screws out?

Trying to replace an external door threshold. I have tried removing the screws with a screw gun with no luck. I have tried using an impact driver and hammer with no luck. The heads of the screws are ...
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How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?

I would like to fix the problems that are show in the picture below. Basically when it rains the water pools near the corner of my house in the two areas circled in this picture. The result is that ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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Outlets not grounded? Remedy?

For some months, I'm renting an apartment in the Canary Islands. It looks like the plugs are not grounded. For example, when I connect my laptop, a ThinkPad T420si, then I feel an unpleasant sensation ...
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I have CITY water. When I turn on my garden hose I have plenty of pressure, but after a few seconds the pressure drops substantially only outside

I turn on my garden hose and I have plenty of pressure for about 15 seconds, then it drops substantially. I have city water and I don't experience this in the house. Any ideas?
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ComfortMaker GUH075 series high-efficiency (93%) furnace isn't making heat

It worked a couple of days ago but today the fan blows but the burner doesn't seem to come on. The status indicator inside the access panel flashes four times but I can't find any reference to tell ...
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How should I connect my dishwasher if the wires are yellow and blue?

I am installing a dishwasher, the household connection has a yellow and blue wire, while the dishwasher has a black and white. Which one should i connect to the white and black?
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What is the difference between a main panel and a sub-panel?

I have a main breaker box that feeds a panel in my basement. This basement panel then feeds a panel in my backyard garage. The panel in the backyard has neutral and ground wires mixed on the 2 bus ...
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Can I install a humidifier on a horizontal duct?

I have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier (HE360A1075). Can this be installed on the horizontal ducting here on the left? It feels like it's an aluminum box under the tape. This is both gas heat and ...
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How to install multiple individual led strips?

I have started my final year in interior design and I really want to buy some LED strip lighting to light up my scale models to give them a much more lifelike appearance for photos. I wouldn't really ...
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3 cables in one box wiring issue

My house was built in the 50's. In my master bedroom I need to replace the fan, so I disassembled it, bought the new fan and am looking at the wiring with a serious question here. There are three ...
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Intermittent sewer odor at different times of day

I'm getting sewer odor intermittently, no set time of day, comes then gone but will sometimes linger a little longer than other days. Before calling a plumber, is there a way to know whether it ...
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basement wall insulation

just bought a house the basement is below grade and the walls are all most finished needing one more sheet of drywall all the way around. im worried about the way they finished the insulation they put ...
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fix for tall concrete steps

I am buying a older home, the back porch steps are concrete and the top step that is just below the porch is extremely low is there a way to add a half step to avoid stepping down so long a distance?
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Installing a deadbolt on a door with a circular hole for the deadbolt location?

I recently installed two MasterCraft doors from Menards. It has two holes in the door. One for the knob and another for the deadbolt. If you look at the edge of the door both holes are circular ...
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RGB LED strip electrical question

I have been given some RGB rolls of led lighting. I only want to use the red or blue on a boat... can I cut it and only solder only 2 wires say to ground and R and get red, ground and B and get blue? ...
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Vapour barrier on partial building envelope

Just bought an old house that we are renovating. I've torn down a bunch of the plaster to the lathe and an reinsulating. I'm wondering about vapour barrier. I plan on putting it up as it was none ...
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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Removing the cover for this light fixture

There are three prongs that hold a dome shape cover together. One of the prong is spring loaded. Normally, you would push the cover to the direction of the spring loaded prong, then the spring would ...
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1answer
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Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?

I'm going to try doing an oil finish for the first time. I'm going to try Minwax Antique Oil Finish: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish The wood I'm ...
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Stains in fresh plaster

I have often plastered ceilings and walls and have never previously been asked why there are some stains when I get done. However, I recently have been asked this question and I would like to give ...
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1answer
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Top Loader Kenmore HE Washer with VERY LOUD whirring sound, not present at purchase

I have a Whirlpool top loading washer that sounds like an airplane engine at take off when it spins. It was not like this when I bought it less than 3 years ago. I can't even hold a conversation in ...
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How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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Must bathroom linoleum be sealed and water tight?

I got new linoleum fitted in a bathroom. After only 2 weeks black marks appeared on it. I contacted the fitters who had done the work. They came out and found nothing wrong (in their eyes). I also had ...
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How can I connect my 30 amp electric dryer to a 50 amp plug?

I bought a used electric dryer and the connection that came with it says it's 30amp. I also have an old school plug in my wall that doesn't go with the connection provided. My current plug has 3 ...
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1answer
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Is it okay that my bathtub is not level?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom. I am down to the studs. I am a bit of a perfectionist and find the bathtub itself is not made completely level. Is this normal?
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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Where to find info for door knob selection [closed]

I recently purchased a house and my wife and I are considering replacing the door knobs. The purpose is to change the locks on the external doors and to move away from the polished brash finish. In ...
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Is it possible to control 3 light fixtures with 4 switches?

I have an idea how I would like to tackle some wiring I am about to do, but I am having trouble figuring out how to actually wire it all. I was hoping some of you could help me out. Here's what I ...
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1answer
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Bed bug crawling - Prescience

Is it possible for bed bugs to crawl but not bite when they are in their younger stages? Recently, every time I lay my hands or legs on a particular piece of furniture (a wooden chair) in my house, I ...
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1answer
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Is a junction box “accessible” if it is mounted behind/above a recessed light housing?

I am redoing our kitchen lighting. We currently have 1 fluorescent light fixture in the center with 2 T8 bulbs (ugly but a lot of light) and one decorative light fixture over the sink. I am going to ...
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1answer
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Use less water with concrete water reducer?

Reading up on concrete water reducer additives, it says it "reduces water by 5% - 10%". I assume this actually means that it reduces the required amount of water? I.e. I would mix in less water, ...
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1answer
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Why my gas stove delays in turning on?

When I turn on my gas stove, the ignitor clicks and it takes a good 15 seconds and it explodes on. What does it mean?
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My garage door won't close [duplicate]

When I try to close my garage, the light on the unit starts to flash as if there is something in the way but there isn't. If I hold the wall button down until it completely closes it works. The ...
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How can I stop my basement from filling with water?

I have my house in a sloped area ,it has problems of water seeping inside the basement area which gets filled up to 1 to 2 feet height what may be the solution for this .... i have tried all water ...
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Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a ...
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1answer
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How would you redo the grading of a brick patio?

When it rains my patio collects water in a couple of spots close to the wall of the house. The wall is now presenting external efflorescence and cracks of the external cement coating. (not sure if ...
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1answer
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Is the skim coating on my ceiling ok?

I just bought a new apartment and have ceilings that were covered why what seems like concrete popcorn. My contractor didn't scrape away the "popcorn" and is skim coating over it. While the skim ...
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Where to connect a c-wire on a furnace with existing two wire mercury thermostat

My existing thermostat is an old mercury two wire device, heat only. Looking to upgrade to a better model, but I need to run a c-wire. I don't know where to connect the wire at at the furnace, any ...
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Lawn Maintenance - prepping for a nice lawn in the spring [migrated]

The lawn is in Ontario Canada and I hear October/November is the time to over-seed to achieve a healthy weed reduced lawn in the spring. The lawn has become very bumpy over the past five years due ...
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1answer
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open neutral or something else?

I recently lost power to half of a circuit. Before that happened every once in a while the lights would dim or flash for a minute and then everything was fine again. That was going on sporadically for ...
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What type of posts should I use for my gate? [duplicate]

I'm working on building a 10ft double door gate, with 1½" steel supporting frame and wooden 5½" pickets. I really don't want this thing to sag, or done incorrectly, so I want to make sure I get the ...
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Should I drain my winterized pool after a large rainstorm?

I just installed a safety/mesh winter cover and closed my pool. Over the past month we've had a few big rain storms so the water level is already at the skimmer. Winter hasn't even arrived yet and ...
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1answer
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can I use 1/4“ J Channel to mount 3/16” thick mirror?

I have a pair of ~ 60"W x 42"H x 3/16" thick bathroom mirrors that I would like to mount using chrome-looking J Channels on top and bottom. The closest thing I could find so far is this polished ...
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1answer
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Well Pump Runs Continuously

I've checked around and read all kinds of other posts that talk about well pumps running and have checked all the possible answers. I've tested several shutoff valves to see if I can see where the ...
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How do you find underground pipe and wires to a private well and how deep would they be?

I need to terrace some stairs into a steep hill, but my well is at the bottom of the hill and my house is at the top. Therefore there has to be pipe and wires going up the hill somewhere. I don't know ...
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Will I be able to use the Unifix tool to repair a floating floor that was glued on the edges?

Our engineered floating floor was installed by a contractor who glued the edges. We now have some damaged boards in the center of the kitchen that I would like to replace. I have seen the Unifix tool ...
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1answer
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Where do I connect the green wire from my dishwasher?

I'm installing a new dishwasher and the dishwasher itself has the green wire, the cord (which is coming out of the floor of the house) doesn't have a green wire it has a black wire, a white wire, and ...

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