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how can I open my garage door?

Someone copped my garage key during a visit & I am alarmed. I can't access it from inside due to an 'overstuffed' garage (I am 68 yrs old & don't want to take a tumble) How can I get my door ...
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How can I locate the roof vent off my septic system?

I am working on insulating my attic. While up there, I was looking for the septic vent line coming through, but couldn't spot it. I went back outside....spotted the vent on the roof, made mental notes ...
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What are these blue and yellow cables coming out of my house for?

I recently purchased a house built in 2007. All houses in the area have those cables on the side of the house. The white cable on the picture is for cable/tv. But what about the blue/yellow cables? ...
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Would increasing the size of the A/C duct for my kitchen improve cooling?

As part of an ongoing kitchen project, I'd like to relocate the existing a/c register in the ceiling (which is located next to an interior wall) to the center of the room and upsize the duct (and ...
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Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker?

Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker for outlets, lights or a window unit? I am wiring a barn and have a lot of 10/3 wire I would like use up.
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How can I join two mitred handrails?

I have an old staircase with winders, so if I want 32 inches between handrail and nose of stairs, I'm going to have to cut some angles. If the overall run of the handrails is going to be about 180 ...
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How can I remove 6-8 inches of concrete from a wooden floor?

I have inherited a 143 year old building. Somewhere in the past someone poured 6 to 8 inches of concrete over top the wood bathroom floor. I really want the weight out of the building. Any ideas on ...
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What can I do about circuit boards on a new range hood that stopped working in a week or more?

I had my under cabinet wall hood replaced by a hood with chimney. Within a week, the circuit board died. The company sent a replacement hood. The rehab guy didn't replace the hood; just used the new ...
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Motorized vent for fresh air

I'm looking to set up a more optimized ventilation system in our house. Today we blow out air in the bathroom and have 3 passive vents letting fresh air in, distributed throughout the house. During ...
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How can I securely hang a mirror on a visible chain?

I have inherited an art deco style mirror. It is not in good condition but it has sentimental value so I would like to hang it. It is small but feels heavy for its size - around 35 x 55cm, 5kg. It ...
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42 views

I have a light dent in my wooden door, what is the best way to fix it? [duplicate]

I had created this small dent in my door and I am wondering how to fix it.
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either ...
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Unable to screw through plaster and lath wall

I am trying screw in a 2 1/2" screw into a wall that I'm pretty sure is plaster and lath. But when the screw is about 1 1/2" deep of drilling, it doesn't go in anymore no matter how much force I put ...
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How can I repair a granite countertop where multpile chunks have broken off?

A mirror door on the bathroom medicine cabinet broke off and took out a good chunk of granite countertop on the bathroom sink fixture. We're not talking about a crack or chip, not something small. ...
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How do I remove a double-ended T3 R7S bulb that isn't spring loaded?

A fixture using this type of bulb burned out of me. All of my searching seems to indicate that these are often spring-loaded but I applied significant force to both sides with no give. I feel so ...
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Why are there sewer odors coming from my shower drain?

I have random sewer odors coming from my tub and shower drains. They are separate in my bathroom. I have had plumbers come and clean the drain, but that is not fixing the problem.
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47 views

How can I change this light fixture in my closet?

I wanted to change the light fixture in my front closet. Simple enough task. I've done this sort of thing hundreds of times. I turned off the circuit breaker. I took the old fixture off. ...
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Can I hang a swing from 2 by 8 roof beams?

I have a deck where the roof overhang goes out about 5-6 feet. I'd like to hang a porch swing from the roof beams. I'm looking at three person swing (similar to this model). The adults in the house ...
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Is it safe to soundproof a bedroom that doesn't have an air vent?

I'm looking to soundproof my apartment bedroom. The bedroom itself has a single-pane window, relative thick carpet, and a cheap hollow core door. It has no air vents, only a hot water baseboard ...
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42 views

How can I wire a receptacle to a switch?

I have an empty double gang box on my patio. I have a 12/2 wire which is hot coming into it. There's an underground PVC pipe going about 25 ft away, to a single gang box near an outdoor pond. What ...
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Replaced a fixture and now power is out to half the house, need help

I took down a light fixture in kitchen to put up a ceiling fan. I have three brown wires and three black, and a cable that has a white and and a black that a electrician put in for a problem we had a ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony.

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different sizes (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I sealed ...
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What household materials can safely be used in a French drain and dry river bed?

What household materials can safely and very economically be used in a French drain and dry river bed -- crushed plastic bottles, food cans and broken glass? My soil is total clay!
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How should I add additional receptacles in a storage room?

The storage room is 12x20 with one receptacle on the far back wall, in the middle of the 12'wall. I want to add 2 more gfci receptacles on both sides, 10" from the flush outlet in drywall. I want both ...
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Prepping wood sub floor for ceramic tile

I have installed ceramic tile on concrete before but never over a particle/plywood floor. So this is my first shot at this. I am not sure how to prep the sub floor. The floor is built on 2X10, 16" ...
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How do I convert a double 60 amp breaker(hot tub box) to run 15 amp breaker powering an outside light and GFI receptacle?

I am trying to run an outside light with a switch and GFI receptacle from a former hot tub panel that was double 60 amp breaker. My problem is that the switch does not function as normal. As soon as I ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit?

Existing basement with 2 simple pull chain light fixtures. We want to add 1 more on the end of the room where the junction box for the circuit is. Can someone provide me a sketch?
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How to prove there is presence of electricity leakage?

Recently just moved to a new place that is above higher ground. I found that my joint crack more often and tingling feeling like there is energy running all over my body. It feels like there are ...
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What can cause a Ceiling Fan to rotate slow at certain speeds

Home Ceiling Fan Specs: Make: Crompton Greaves (Dont remember the model) Years in operation: More than 7 years No of Speeds available: 5 speeds Issue #1: The Ceiling fan rotates slower at positions 1 ...
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What it is this thing above the ceiling?

It is in apartment on 10th floor. I suppose it may be the ventilation tube, but I can't understand why the ventilation tube has such a thick walls. And why it ends there, instead of going to some ...
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What rivets should be used for gutter work?

I'm looking to buy pop rivets to do some gutter replacements, but the smallest "advertised for gutter work" pack available was a 100pk. I'd probably only need 20 at the most (short span). There ...
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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Is this a Direct Vent Water Heater?

My contractor asked me to choose a direct vent water heater and have it delivered. I (generally) understand the difference between direct vent and power vent, having read up on how they both work. ...
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Drill getting stuck about two inches into stud

I'm trying to mount my flat screen. I found a stud using a stud finder and can definitely feel that I'm drilling into the stud but about 1.5-2 inches in, the bit gets stuck. I proceeded with ...
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black, white and green wires from box, but only black and white on fixture

My wiring coming out of the electrical box are white, black and green. How do I connect the light fixture that only has black and white? Is there another way to connect the ground (green) wire to ...
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How should I wire two floodlights from a switch midway between them?

I have 2 floodlights on opposite ends of my den. I have a switch about midway between them and would like to use it to control the lights. I'm getting my power from a 15 amp breaker and am going to ...
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How do I remove this plastic shower drain cover?

My shower has recently been having trouble draining and, with a flashlight, I've noticed that there's a great deal of hair and other material stuck in the pipe, clogging it. It seems simple enough to ...
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What kind of patio flooring is safe to use on top of a rubber-treated balcony?

I have a balcony that is treated with rubber, it looks similar to a rubber roof to me, as is shown in the picture below. I am wondering if the IKEA SKOGHALL decking can be used safely with it: it ...
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Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?

The lights flick on and off when the a/c is on and the sound of a/c is too noisy and look like it's going to blow. I already checked the connection if they have a short circuit. Did not found any ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

I want to remove these three small pieces of wall (Marked in yellow arrow) to combine dining and living room? Since the house has a basement. I also attached the basement pic to show the structure ...
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Does one way check valve reduce the water pressure?

I am getting very low pressure due to my tank height in home. Input of tank got high pressure but not whole time. Something like below. What my idea is directly connect input to low pressure end as ...
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Stop water leaking from polypropylene pipes joint

How to stop water leaking from the joint (fitting) of two polypropylene pipes for water. The connection between the two pipes is made by heating the pipe end and the inside of the fitting and then ...
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2answers
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How to safely use an installer bit between floors?

I have a finished two-story house which has two interior walls vertically stacked. I'd like to run ethernet from the top floor to the bottom, by: cutting out a square for a wall plate on the top ...
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1answer
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Custom lighting switches [closed]

I need a double (over/under) three way switch, preferrably rocker switch where both swiches have pilot lights. Any manufacturer is fine.
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i have a hot tub installed on a gfci receptacle but when I plug something in that receptacle it doesn't work?

My hot tub is connected to a gfci receptacle but when I plug something in that receptacle it doesn't work? Is this normal?
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Using Dremel without motor brushes

I've got a Dremel 4000 tool and its motor brushes ran out today. I was wondering if I can still use it without the brushes until I've got a replacement?
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94 views

Weight load of a hanging 2x4 shelf

I am looking to hang a shelf from the ceiling of my garage between two garage doors. The shelf is 32" x 94" and made from a frame of 2x4 and 3/4 plywood on top. I've tried to weigh it and I think it ...
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light fixture wattage question

I purchased a light kit that requires 3 light bulbs and says 100 Watt max. Does this mean that the wattage of the 3 bulbs can only add up to 100 watts or does that mean that each lightbulb can be no ...
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Is it a problem to have water around a tub drain flange?

I just replaced my 30 year old tub drain flange with a new one. I have made sure that the flange is tightened. Water goes down the new configuration just fine - it is not clogged. However, after ...
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How to properly anchor wooden porch columns to concrete pad?

I have a country style front porch that has non structural wooden columns that are anchored to the overhang and hang to the floor, a concrete pad. To stop the columns from moving around the builders ...

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