0
votes
0answers
3 views

Any websites that sell high flow shower heads?

My mom has very thick hair and typical low flow shower heads take a very long time to rinse her hair. I decided that I would look online for some high flow shower heads and can't seem to find ...
0
votes
0answers
3 views

Using a europrofile cylinder lock in a traditional night latch

We have one of these: http://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/ProductsDB/?groupId=2872&productId=58961 -- a traditional night latch. We need to change the lock to use a different key. We accidentally ...
1
vote
0answers
7 views

Limit switch failure

My XL80 trane failure! Limit switch SWT1258 fails at least twice a year now, first one lasted 10 years and then all replacements only last 3 to 10 months. Seems the switch is used too much but air ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

trying to install stair runner with the right tools

I'm trying to install a stair runner for 5 steps on a hardwood floor. I also want to put a carpet pad underneath to act as a buffer against creaky steps. I tried using a manual staple gun with 1/2 ...
2
votes
0answers
14 views

Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...
1
vote
0answers
11 views

Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

Bath handles hanging and small chip in enamel

We let our house for 5 years to uncaring tenants. The bath (was new) now has the grip handles hanging off both sides and there is a small chip in the white enamel. It was assumed the bath would need ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts?

OK,In the early 80-81, My Aunt allowed her Husband to build in a dead Attic space over the Foyer that has 15-17 ft ceiling, a rather sizable Laboratory(I'm not quite sure what to call it.). the floor ...
3
votes
1answer
19 views

GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)

I understand that all wall receptacles (including counters) must be GFCI protected in a kitchen with a combined dining area but how about a separate dining area/room receptacles (separated from ...
2
votes
1answer
36 views

Why doesn't the USA Energy Star program approve of windows that help reduce winter heating bills?

The USA Energy Star program helps people find energy efficient windows. It guides us to prefer windows with low U-Factor and low solar heat gain coefficient. This is good in two circumstances: In ...
2
votes
2answers
15 views

How do I secure an old aluminum/glass sliding door?

I am buying a house that was built in 1967 and still has the original sliding door opening onto the back deck. This door's latch is missing. It does not lock. The last owner of the house didn't ...
3
votes
1answer
26 views

How to drill steel with large bit outside the drill press

I need to drill a 12 mm hole in a steel piece 5mm thick, but the whole piece doesn't fit on my drill press. Can this be done anyhow? In my previous experience drilling holes this big with a hand ...
1
vote
0answers
9 views

Portable AC Can I duct the COLD AIR?

Commercial Cool AC Unit So, I have built a room inside my shop, a clean room for finish and airbrushing. I want to cool this room as I spend more time in it than the rest of my shop (garage) So, I ...
2
votes
1answer
19 views

Halogen swap for incandescent

I have a new pendant fixture that calls for up to 100 watt bulb. Can I use a 60 watt Halogen bulb for a brighter effect?
3
votes
1answer
22 views

Bank of wall outlets not working

I have a bank of wall outlets that are not working. I have checked the fuses and found all of them check ok at 120 v ac. I then replaced all three outlets with new ones and still have no power. I did ...
4
votes
3answers
119 views

Is there code that states there must be a sheet of plastic between vinyl siding and the house sheathing?

I'm the president of a 20-condo association and several residents have been complaining of water coming in and destroying their drywall. The water is coming in at the exact same place in all units ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Is it possible to fry a lamp's internal wiring if I put the wrong bulb in?

I went to the hardware store pulled a bunch of LED bulbs off the shelf. One of the bulbs found its way into the wrong box and had a significantly smaller screw base than your typical light bulb base. ...
1
vote
0answers
8 views

My washer won`t finish its cycle anymore

I bought a used washer (Inglis; ID4200) about a year ago. A month after my purchase, the washer would just stop in the middle of the cycle. I didn't pay attention to that as the machine would resume ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

How to fix a warped parquet floor?

Less than one year ago my parquet floor was sanded and about 50% of it was replaced with new wood strips, sealed, and then buffed. Now, if my lovely cats happen to knock over their water and it spills ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

How do I cleanly install speaker wire in a mobile home?

I have a decent amount of experience with all sorts of wiring in houses and offices. However all of my experience relates to buildings which have attics or dropped ceilings. I now am installing ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

One outlet trips breaker but not others

In my spare bedroom, there are four electrical outlets. If I use a vacuum cleaner in one of those outlets, the breaker trips. However, if I use any of the other outlets, it works fine. Is the outlet ...
2
votes
0answers
15 views

Pulling out a 1222 moen shower cartridge that won't turn

I have Moen's plastic tool for rotating a 1222 shower cartridge to help make it easier to pull out, but whenever I try to rotate the cartridge with the plastic tool, it bends and warps slightly and ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Anchors in a solid plaster wall

I was going to hang a heavy whiteboard on my plaster walls using molly bolts, but when I went to drill the holes, the drill bit never broke through - it penetrated (exactly) 2" into the wall before ...
2
votes
0answers
16 views

What is the cause of a shower diverter valve becoming stuck?

When I tried to shower today, when I pulled the shower diverter, it didn't divert most of the water to the shower (most of the water kept coming out of the faucet). I tried to push the diverter back ...
1
vote
1answer
11 views

How can I disable cooling with a White Rodgers thermostat?

1F56W-444 White Rodgers Thermostat I am fairly sure this is the thermostat that I have. How do I disconnect the cooler/air-conditioner as to avoid my penguin visiting relative waking me to 55°F ...
2
votes
3answers
26 views

Install floor tile or tile-board first?

We are updating a small basement bathroom. We agree on the style and materials, but not exactly on the method of installation. The idea is to put tile down on the floor, and use tile-board for the ...
2
votes
0answers
25 views

Solar backup system, advice needed

Here in South Africa we are experiencing frequent power blackouts, as I work from home on a small property (generators not an option) this is rather disruptive to my work as a programmer. So bearing ...
2
votes
0answers
43 views

Oddities when replacing power socket

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
1
vote
2answers
20 views

Applying large adhesive sheets onto surfaces without bubbles / creases

I'm failing miserably at finding tutorials or videos on this. I've bought some adhesive backed sign-makers' vinyl for applying to shelving, so it has a nice, even, bright gloss finish. But it's an ...
1
vote
0answers
10 views

Securing plywood “underlayment” to timber “sub-floor”

I am laying 12mm plywood on existing timber flooring (before laying Hardiebacker board & ceramic tiles) apart from screwing the ply to the sub-floor, should I also use grab adhesive, thinset tile ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Why is my paint bubbling and peeling after removing my popcorn ceiling?

I removed my popcorn ceiling. I made all my repairs, and wiped the ceiling down after I sanded the entire ceiling. I was trying to prime the ceiling but my paint is bubbling and peeling. What should ...
4
votes
2answers
105 views

Do dryer belts need to break in?

I just replaced a broken belt in our Maytag dryer, it was the right belt, identical to the old one, but it's not working so good... It's properly installed, but it's like the belt is slipping when we ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

Window dividers have slipped out

I don't even know the appropriate words, so good luck understanding this! Our formal dining room has a large window with dividers that are between two glass pieces. There is the half moon window ...
1
vote
2answers
19 views

How can I remove paint left from an appliance dolly from the front of a washer?

My husband was moving our washing machine with a dolly. He dropped the washing machine and now the front has dents and green paint from the dolly. How do I get the green paint off from the front of ...
1
vote
0answers
9 views

Can you paint over Olympic rescue it?

Several years ago I painted our old concrete patio with Olympic Rescue it and it has lasted very well. Now we have new cracks which we are filling in and I'd like to paint over the Olympic product. We ...
3
votes
1answer
120 views

What is this crystal on my concrete?

My concrete has an old unknown spill which appears in the newly warm moist weather to be forming crystals or hairs. It doesn't have direct water on it, and hasn't been damp recently. What is the ...
3
votes
1answer
24 views

How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan?

How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan? I want to put in a small shed in the back yard. 200 square feet large.
1
vote
0answers
16 views

Ceiling fan light dims

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and light kit. When I turn on the light, it starts out bright, but then in a second it dims. It doesn't turn off, it just dims. What could be causing this to ...
2
votes
0answers
36 views

Refrigerator is not making ice or serving water

UPDATE 3 I replaced the water filter with a brand new one from Home Depot. When I went to dispense water, about 1/2 a cup came out. That's the first time any water has come out of the dispenser. Over ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Can I connect laundry tub drain directly into floor drain?

I would like to install a laundry room tub directly over the floor drain. Can I simply have the tub drain directly into the top of the floor drain?
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Where and how much vapor barrier

I will be gutting my bathroom to remodel and was wondering if I should install a vapor barrier on all of the walls and ceiling or just the area in close proximity to the shower. Bathroom dimensions ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

How does a shower valve get installed backwards?

I have stayed in hotels on a few occasions where the shower is controlled by two knobs (hot/cold), and one of them turns backwards (clockwise for "on", counter-clockwise for "off"). Now I've moved ...
-4
votes
0answers
35 views

How can I install a lighting circuit in a long corridor which meets the following requirements?

draw the schematic, wiring diagram both in joint box and looping in system for a lighting ckt in a long corridor which meets the following requirements: when a person enters the corridor from one ...
0
votes
2answers
29 views

Using old roof footings for a ground-level deck

I had a 40 year-old, asphalt shingled, hip roof (14x18) over a concrete patio that had 4 posts w/footings that supported it in a line opposite the house. The footings, that are still there and were ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

What is the best way to board interior of a large shed?

I have a large shed/workshop which I want to board with OSB/Ply to make the interior more usable for hanging things from the walls and to just generally make it "nicer" inside. I'm not fussed about ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

Is it acceptable to use a ground wire from one outlet to ground another?

I live in a condo/apt. Two of my three prong electrical outlets were not showing up grounded when I plugged my surge protector in. I think from lightning or something. I need to plug computers and an ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Need suggestions for a removable or mobile fence for a parking spot next to the garage

Below is the layout of the space that I want to close with a fence. What is not shown in the picture is a large driveway that goes from the street to both the garage and the parking spot that I want ...
7
votes
8answers
2k views

In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?

4000 psi sounds like a lot. That's what some pressure washers can go up to. Just how much pressure is that? What are some real world examples that would help explain that kind of pressure?
1
vote
7answers
94 views

Should I lock the door between my garage and my house?

My house has a garage. The garage has a "garage opener" - so when I leave home, I press a button and the gate lowers. There's a door between the garage and house. What level of security do people ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Quite high pitched noise in room

When I'm trying to sleep I hear a high pitched, ringing noise. I can only hear it if everything else is quiet. I've considered if this is a medical issue, such as tinnitus, but before jumping to ...

15 30 50 per page