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A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?

About a week ago my daughter plugged up her iPod to a power strip that was plugged into an outlet in her bedroom, she said she placed the iPod onto the power strip and let it sit there while she ...
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Do I need to replace this water pressure valve?

We recently bought a house built in 1976. The property is relatively rural but does get city water. The water pressure in the whole house is less than desirable, so we had a plumber come out to tell ...
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2answers
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Threaded copper fitting stripped, whats my next move?

I have an awkward plumbing problem. I am inserting a T-fitting into the flexible riser of my kitchen sink and in the process seem to have stripped the copper shank coming from the faucet. The fitting: ...
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3answers
53 views

Latex paint peeling off oil based paint. How do I apply a new layer of paint?

As I understand it, a few years ago, latex paint was applied on top of oil based paint. The top layer of paint is now peeling off. Would like to apply a new coat of latex paint, but I'm unsure how to ...
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10answers
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Is it more economical to use hot water before boiling or to bring cold water to a boil?

Since the arrival of our newborn, we have been using the stove to boil water in order to sterilize the nipples, bottles and rings. Which got me thinking, is it more economical to start off using hot ...
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1answer
93 views

Is that a leak from roof into my ceiling?

I found a spot into my ceiling that was not there before. Spot looks like this. We had rain last night and i am worried if there is a leakage in the roof. This is what is on top of it. Is this ...
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1answer
54 views

Correct Sander Markings on Wood after Stain has properly dried

I re-processed my doors, and got to the third layer of stain. Unbeknownst to me,I had terrible sanding marks in my doors which I can see clearly through the third. Is there anyway to fix this without ...
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2answers
32 views

Can I put roof sheathing on vertically instead of horizontally?

I would like to put my roof sheathing on vertical instead of horizontal. It will be an 18 by 12 patio. Rafters are 2 x 6; 16 in on center. It will be 1/2" in plywood which will be visible from below
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1answer
20 views

Water entering add on

A room was built on top of driveway slab. In heavy rains water floods into room from all sides. Any suggestions would be great.
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0answers
22 views

Making or obtaining replacement parts for a multi-point window locking mechanism

When I bought my house, it was fitted with multi-point locking systems on the windows. One or two of these have failed - an internal cast-metal half-cog has disintegrated. There is no manufacturer's ...
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3answers
109 views

Should I be using wire nuts to connect my light socket?

I am replacing a light socket in a ceiling lamp. The old socket had two short wires permanently attached to the socket, which were then connected to the wires coming out of the ceiling with wire nuts ...
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2answers
136 views

How can I lay moulding around this ceiling protrusion?

We are installing crown moulding in our kitchen. The ceiling is horizontal so we haven't had much difficulty. Except for this part: That sloped part of the wall is the underside of the staircase ...
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5answers
112 views

Improving piece of furniture

I have a piece of furniture that is in need of some improvements. This is the piece: As you may already see, there are a lot of light marks in it. If we look closer to the surface, this is how it ...
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2answers
55 views

Do hot water tanks have to be in the drain pan

I bought a new hot water tank and had it installed by a plumber. It didn't fit in the existing drain pan, so he put it on top of the pan. Is this safe?
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1answer
27 views

What is the best material for an indoor wood heater

When buying or making an indoor heater, I have noticed that you get really nice internal combustion heaters, which either come in Cast Iron, Steel, Ceramic etc. I struggle to grasp the best ...
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1answer
51 views

How can I repair and repaint a deck whose planks were caulked?

So, parent's deck was looking ok, until for some reason some painters convinced my mother to "seal" the deck so water wouldn't fall down to the patio furniture below. They applied some sort of caulk ...
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1answer
25 views

Air conditioner that keeps turning off

My air conditioner unit outside keeps on turning off and the fan in the house keeps on running. When I switch the circuit breaker off, then on the outside unit works again. Do you know what might ...
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2answers
75 views

How to finish tiling an outside edge for a shower?

I am installing stone tile (travertine) in a shower. I do not have bullnose tile so I was planning on simply finishing the edge by slightly filing the corners of the tile so they're not sharp and then ...
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2answers
60 views

How do I install the trap for a standard bathroom sink?

I have an open 1.5" drain pipe in the wall. I just need to redirect it through the (currently non-existing) drywall and put in a trap. What is the proper way to do this? Do I just put a 90 degree EL ...
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1answer
25 views

Video / audio ground on ungrounded equipment

There is a great question regarding reversed polarity wall outlets which gives me pause. I recently moved my mother-in-law's television and DVD player, and I noticed that both use ungrounded C-style ...
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1answer
41 views

How can I convert an enclosed deck to an open deck?

I have an enclosed deck that is basically worthless. It has a metal roof and bakes in the summer (and spring and fall for that matter) making it way too hot to use, and leaks in the winter (and ...
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2answers
48 views

Can this transformer supply 2000 Watts according to its labeling?

I have a 5M voltage transformer, can I use it to my 110V appliance with 2000 watts? Insert is the picture of my transformer
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3answers
50 views

How much clearance should I allow for a coat of poly?

I'm working on a project that will have wooden inserts sliding into a groove. I've done something similar before and ended up with too small of a groove after a few coats of paint (even though I ...
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3answers
42 views

Need help determining if a multiwire branch circuit is wired correctly

When I opened up my walls for a kitchen remodel I discovered what I'm pretty sure is a multi-wire branch circuit. It has a 12/3 (black + red + white + ground) NM cable going back to the breaker. I ...
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0answers
17 views

What is this dishwasher drain solenoid seal part & how can I replace it?

Our dishwasher (GE GSD3200G00WW) is leaking underneath whenever the drain process kicks in. It looks like the seal between the drain solenoid and the drain itself has deteriorated and should be ...
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0answers
24 views

How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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1answer
98 views

How does an external tower style bathtub drain work?

I have this style tub drain and can't figure out how it works. Does it simply block the flow of water when lowered? Or is there something more complicated happening? My tub has stopped draining and ...
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1answer
50 views

How can I get a brick out of my drain pipe?

There's a brick inside my outside drain, and I can't get it out. It's stuck in there, and the drain is now overflowing with all sorts of things. It's already too deep. I tried to hit it in as hard as ...
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1answer
21 views

How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?

My genie garage door opener keypad bakes in the afternoon sun, fades, blisters and delaminates. Any visually acceptable ideas on a fix? Genie does not offer a weather or sunshield for the KEP-1 ...
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1answer
27 views

Where do you buy a whiteboard? [closed]

I'm a math student, and I just entered grad school. I have a studio apartment, and there's one bigger-sized wall with no windows. I'd like to put a large whiteboard or chalkboard on it. Where would ...
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1answer
74 views

Water won't come back on after turning main back on

I turned off the water at the main cutoff valve in the garage to replace the gaskets in a single handle shower faucet. I got it put back together but when I turned the water back on, I get nothing ...
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4answers
85 views

How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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1answer
45 views

Is a large change in radon test results normal?

I am selling my home in Georgia and just had a Radon test result of 7.0 as part of the buyer's inspection. When I moved in 10 years ago the test result was only .9. Is this much change normal or ...
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0answers
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Air in Weed Eater Gas Line?

My weed eater primer/gas line has more air in it than I think it should. It'll begin to start, but I don't think it's getting enough gas to keep going. What's the best way to get the extra air out?
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2answers
50 views

Why does the blade of my table saw stop?

I have a cheap, old (but, until recently, serviceable) direct-drive, table-top table saw, Skil 10" model 3400. Last week while cutting a 2x4, the blade stopped but the motor kept going. I finished ...
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1answer
23 views

Proper way to join PVC pipes to brass ball valve

I'm using the following fitting to join PVC pipes to the brass valve, my concern is that the recommended 3-8 wraps of teflon tape and finger tight plus 1-2 turns didn't cut it. I end up using about 20 ...
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1answer
18 views

Can I move the opening of my screen door from the middle to the left?

Hi We have a 12 ft sliding glass door off of our living room to our patio. It opens in the center third. Is there any way that the opening can be shifted to the left side and have the two fixed ...
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0answers
23 views

Evening a Concrete Base

I'm installing a bench onto slabs of stone cemented into the ground. The slabs, as they're laid out, look like this: In a 6'' deep hole, 30'' x 75'' in width and length, I plan to first shovel in ...
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1answer
36 views

Wall frame weirdness during renovations

so I am renovating my garage and noticed something in 2 spots along the frame when ripping down the drywall. Here is a photo: The walls of the garage have stood for many many years without major ...
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1answer
18 views

How a concrete/brick storm drain is made?

This must be really simple, but I havent found any instructions and I'm unsure on how to proceed. I need to make two storm drains (concrete boxes with grills on top and a pipe to direct rain water), ...
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1answer
35 views

When does sanding(smoothing out wood surface) sensibly apply

I know I can smooth surface right after stripping is done. And I read somewhere that I can choose to perform smoothing step after pre-conditioning step instead. What I would like to know is if I can ...
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1answer
28 views

Removing Steel Basement Windows

My basement has the original steel (I think) framed windows in place from 1962, when it was built. I've removed windows in block before, at my previous house, but this one does not seem as clear. As ...
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1answer
31 views

How can I fix these peeling cabinets?

Our house is less than 6 years old and our cabinets are peeling. How can I fix it?
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2answers
22 views

How do I go about determining how to wire a breaker box in a cargo trailer

I'm about to wire a cargo trailer with construction equipment, table saw, miter saw, air compressor, drill press, and a few other small tools. Only one tool and lights will used at one time. So here ...
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3answers
1k views

Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle?

I moved into a new home and several receptacles have the hot and neutral reversed. I confirmed this with a basic receptacle tester. I opened one up and found the white wire on the brass terminal, ...
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2answers
77 views

New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the ...
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2answers
51 views

Few questions about concrete/cement wall inside of the apartment and which screws to use

I live in an apartment building that has concrete/cement walls. I am still not sure which one it is. I included the image which has the wall in the background. I would like to know which screws i ...
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2answers
39 views

Why is a previously wet light fixture now getting dimmer?

A leak resulted in the light fixture in the ceiling of my laundry room getting wet. Despite being dry now, the light gets noticeably dimmer each time it's turned on. I am trying to keep it off until I ...
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2answers
39 views

Is it possible that my GFCI receptacle is bad?

I have a double wide mobile home. The outside receptacles and the one in master bath do not work. They are GFCI protected but the GFCI is NOT tripped. Is it possible that the GFCI is bad? I think the ...
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2answers
67 views

Staining already stained wood

I am trying to re-stain a door here. I sanded and applied pre-conditioner. Ofcourse as you can see from the first picture, I had to remove the original stain in some areas. These areas had marks that ...

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