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How to improve lighting in work room?

I was reading quite a lot recently about lighting a room with computer properly and i am getting mixed tips.. some say "Your computer screen should be parallel to your lighting" and others say "your ...
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When is the best period to fix a door frame?

When we moved in our condo, one of the doors had issues closing correctly so we decided to fix it during last autumn. We made it to close perfectly. It seems the house has moved a lot during this ...
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Glue Kohler flush valve together?

I have a Kohler toilet with a canister flush valve (part 1084017-6-A). The top of the "guide" piece in the flush valve assembly (where the hose attaches) broke off, so the toilet functions but very ...
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Bathroom Sink Doesn't Drain (It ISN'T Blocked)

I'm not a plumber but I recently changed the seal between the wall and the drain pipe. Now the water drains extremely slowly from the sink. If I move the drain pipe to allow air in between the seal, ...
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clogged bulkhead/water inside foundation

Outside cellar drain clogged/filling up with water and small tiny stream of water coming from the front foundation down into my cellar.... My house was built in 1943. brick foundation/2story. there is ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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Could our electric baseboard heaters be causing soot damage in our kitchen?

We have electric baseboard heat that's about 30-35 years old. Each room has its own unit. We normally keep each unit on 60-62 °F. We only use 3 units: kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. ...
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Can I paint and polyurethane my plyfloor or does it have to be covered?

On a new build, our subfloor is going to be 18mm plyfloor. I like the idea of painting it with a whitewash and then coating it with polyurethane to keep it as our main floor, rather than covering it ...
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Replaced outlet and switches work, but other outlets that haven't been touched do not. [duplicate]

I replaced two gfci outlets, a single switch, and a three way switch and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I ...
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Can hook up this light fixture to a cord?

Is it possible that this light fixture could have a power cord connected to it? For home use... The tag says: Caution (Please read below): Factory wiring is for all "on" operation For switching ...
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How do I create a vapor barrier on basement walls with a floating concrete floor?

I am finishing our basement (upstate NY), and was wondering how to create a vapor barrier on the concrete block basement walls with a floating concrete slab floor? The floor has a 2 inch gap on the ...
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What under-eaves vents can I use to maximize attic airflow and minimize insect infiltration?

I live in Seattle. It doesn't snow here often. Winters are cold, but temps do not dip below 32 for long periods of time very often. I live in a small, one-level 950 sq. ft. house built in the 1950s. ...
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Attach net/hammock to interior walls

Imagine a square room with four walls (12x12). Say you wanted to string a net across the area at a height of 6 ft, like a hammock. The net will be attached on all 4 walls, and it must support up to ...
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Is Duck/Duct tape safe to use to insulate mains wires?

Question says it all really. Based in the UK so mains is 240v and 20 amps. It's a lighting circuit.
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Three hot wires,1 neutral on a switch

I am trying to replace an outlet, but am having trouble figuring out how to wire it properly. The top receptacle on the outlet is supposed to be connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on the ...
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Replacing faucets. How to fasten nuts in narrow places

Recently I replaced a faucet in the kitchen, but there is not enough room to fasten two nuts. The latter is too close to the pipes and the sinks. I tried with a wrench and a rib joint pliers, ...
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Asbestos between floors

I have a layer of white paper or cardboard like material houses between the subfloor and a layer of wood on top. The stuff crumbles pretty easy. I do not intend to demo the floor or anything so my ...
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Plaster Wall Ice Damming Water Damage

A couple weeks ago ice damming in my gutters caused a lot of damage to my plaster wall inside my house. I got an estimate of around $2500 to fix the issue so I'm going to attempt it myself. Here ...
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5 wire hob to 4 wire junction

Looking for verification before I have this wired. The hob is 220-240v 50/60Hz 11Kw being wired to a 50 amp breaker. The hob has 5 wires; 4 hot 1 ground. Me Electrical has 4 wires; 2 120v hot, ...
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How can I seal this dryrot spot to prevent it from getting worse?

Our bathroom shower door leaks onto the outside floor and over time, this has caused a dry rot patch on the floor. It's not necessarily severe but there's some mild "give" and I want to prevent it ...
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Whatr size aerator pump is needed for a 500 gallon aerobic system?

Our septic system was here when we bought the house and it is unbranded. the aerator pump above ground needs to be replaced. How do we determine what size pump for a 500 gallon capacity aerobic ...
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How to change compact fluorescent 4 pin bulb at 22 feet

I have compact fluorescent 4 pin bulbs that in the ceiling at 22 feet. I cannot find any bulb changing tools which I can use to reach the height using a pole. Any suggestions would be appreciated. ...
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How can I replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass?

I'd like to replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass for more light. Is there a how-to site explaining how this is done?
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Dripping shower and “sighing” toilet

My upstairs master bath separate shower leaks when I drain the jetted tub next to it and also my guest bath, which is about 50 feet away. The master shower is never used, we use the guest bath for ...
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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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why is my led bulb running dim?

I have five LED bulbs outdoors near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, all of the same brand (Feit 800 lumens, if that matters), which have been installed somewhere around mid-summer 2013. We don't have ...
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Insulating PEX pipe with fiberglass insulation

I have PEX pipe hung under the floor joists in my crawl space. I am inclined to cut fiberglass wall insulation R-14 into strips and run it under the pipe.That will encase it as the floors are well ...
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Kohler One Piece Toilet plumbing

I have a Kohler one piece, low-profile toilet - not sure of model (came with house which we have owned for 18 yrs). While investigating why there is always a faint urine smell coming from the bowl, I ...
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Can new grout be layered on top of old grout?

I had a shower updated by a professional contractor. He removed all the old tile and floor pan. There are several areas I'm concerned about. There are gaps all across the tiles. There are spots ...
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led bulb strobing without power [duplicate]

Why do led light bulbs act like strobes in line of six lights, without power from switch. Unless there is one incandescent light in circuit. Take that one out of circuit and they strobe even with ...
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1answer
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Why would two regular outlets stop working after I replaced GFCI outlets?

I replaced to gfci outlets and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I checked and checked to see if I did the ...
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What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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Why does my 2 bulb fixture have 40 volts going to it when a bulb is removed?

When second bulb is removed in the fixture in the off position, the remaining bulb lights dim (fixture switch still off) and the socket that is bulb less reads 40 volts, when replacing the bulb both ...
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hanging closet bypass doors

I want to hang bypass doors in the closets. The finished opening is 48". Do I use 2 24" doors and leave gap on each end or do I use a 24 and a 26 for the overlap so they look even, or 2 26ers
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How to replace a line voltage thermostat with a low voltage one? [duplicate]

I have one of those round mechanical knob thermostats (line voltage). I would like to replace it with a wireless thermostat which is controllable from an Android phone. It seems those thermostats are ...
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Delay when powering LED light strip

I made a "shop lamp" out of an LED strip and power supply. When I plug it in there is a 1-2 second delay before the lights are powered up. Do some transformers have a shorter delay than others?
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What should I realistically expect after having my floors professionally refinished?

We recently bought a house that has white oak hardwood floors. The floors looked decent in some places, while others were REALLY scratched. I don't even know how someone would scratch them that bad. ...
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How to cut aluminium chequer plate (with a jigsaw)?

I have a nice sheet aly I bought for my project. It is 2.5~mm chequer plate that needs to be cut into 7 pieces (straight across the sheet, no curves needed), and I tried to cut it with a metal blade ...
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Leaking Humidifier

We have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier attached to the duct directly above the heating element/electronics of our furnace. A few possible pertinent facts: The water intake is attached via a ...
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Need a new roof but have2 gable ends and no overhang for soffit vents

I have about a 1400 square foot roof with a 6/12 pitch. The house was built in the 50's and there are no soffit vents, but there are 2 Gable ends. I need to have a new roof installed and am adding a ...
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How to fix hole in yard with/from burst irrigation pipe?

I had the end cap crack on a 2" irrigation line buried 1-2' underground. It sprayed downwards, clearing away 2' of dirt vertically (3-4' total downward now). I found an area about 3-4' away from this ...
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Connecting LED strips, Which plugs?

I want to make a LEDstrip(RGB, 300 LED, 3528, 5 meter) At the back of my 40 inch television. But I have some struggles finding out what I need for that. I have found this strip: LED Strip And I ...
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How to prevent DIY Activated carbon from throwing a layer of scum on top of water?

I cook regularly on a wood stove. Lately it occurred to me that I could also dump a sealed container into the flames to make activated carbon ... which I did. To test the carbon I dumped some iodine ...
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...
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What is best caulk for a 3/8“ wide X 1” deep gap between a shower floor and wall?

I planned to use Loctite Polyseamseal with a backer rod. I called Loctite tech support and they advised against it in that Polyseamseal won't hold up in a standing water situation. That surprised ...
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Recirculation pump seems to be working, yet no detectable heat on return pipe

Our two-story-on-a-slab house has uninsulated copper pipes, including a recirculation return pipe to a tee on the water heater drain. In past years, the recirculation seemed to give us hot water ...
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lost voltage to outdoor light fixture

have an out door motion decter light suddenly w/o voltage to fixture. I traced romex from mdl to an in ceiling down light in laundry room. down light works fine, switches on and off. am I shooting the ...
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Do I have to GFCI protect a range plug if it's within 6 feet of a sink?

I am installing a range plug within 6 feet of a sink, do I need a GFCI? I do not have a 2014 NEC code book so I don't know if the code has changed. It has not been required in the past but things can ...
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Thermocouple with a built in safety overtemp disc verses a standard universal T/C?

My water heater has a thermocouple with an in line overtemp disc stamped 190. The pilot will not stay on after holding the gas valve's pilot start button. So, i assumed like every other water heater i ...

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