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Can I build an electrical pole structure to hold a power wire into my property?

The power pole to my house is at the back right corner of the property. However, it's a little outside my property line. I wanted to run a power line straight down along the pole and into the ground ...
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Basement bottom plate has no vapour barrier, should I replace it?

I bought a new house last August and now I'm in the process of developing the basement. A few walls were already in when I bought the house, the walls under the staircase. You can clearly see they ...
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Do separate pieces of EMT conduit qualify as “pull points”?

Question: Do two separate pieces of EMT conduit joined by a connector qualify as a "pull point"? Background: I need to make six 90 degree turns in 2" EMT conduit to route wire for a new sub-panel ...
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Can I have two storeys in a 16 foot space?

I'm in the process of closing on a house that has an unusually large crawlspace underneath the structure. The house is built on a relatively steep hillside and the frame of the house extends to the ...
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Paint bubbling and peeling on a steel door

I have a steel front door, behind a solid glass storm door. It gets so hot that paint bubbles and peels. Any suggestions?
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Help AC question

We purchased a home last year, at one time it was zoned with separate AC units upstairs and down. Well a past owner took out the upstairs unit but left the blower in the attic, there is duct work ...
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DIY Deck Stripper Formula

I'm stripping latex off my second story deck (8x38). I've stripped approximately a 12x8' section using 2 gal of Jomax Stain & Finish Deck Stripper as there are several coats and this product ...
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A/C still blows when unit is off.

Our A/C is turned off but we still get cold air coming out of the vent diffusers. This is from our downstairs unit. Is that a problem?
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Can I rejunvenate a rubber o-ring?

I have a couple of o-rings in my swimming pool's filter/pump system that are leaking a touch. This is a 4 year old system so things are getting worn and the o-rings are a bit cracked.This is the final ...
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Is this a “Dumping pit” by the builder and who is resposible to pay for this house was built 1998

I have a large rectangle area in my back yard over a year now, the county told me that by the pictures that I sent them that is was a "dump pit" that the builder used while building the neighborhood. ...
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Mecury Bimetallic Thermostat?

How many wires do I need to operate only the fan on my furnace with a mecury bimetallic thermostat?
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Are steel exterior doors reversible?

We're thinking of flipping the direction our front door opens. We have a solid (meaning no window), steel front door--likely something from the cheap-end of the spectrum from Home Depot. I'm looking ...
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Who do I hire to design my home HVAC system?

Preface I need to buy a new HVAC system for my 1930s home. I currently have forced air duct system. My gas furnace was installed in 1985 and is rusting out, and I'm not sure about the air ...
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Disconnecting wiring for chandelier

I've previously searched for some advice using Google but I'd like to confirm for my specific situation. It's simple enough to disconnect the chain supporting the chandelier but the wiring is proving ...
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scratch resistant matt black paint spray for chrome taps

I would like to spray paint some chrome taps and other bathroom fittings matt black. I have seen matt black stove and bbq spray that I have heard is pretty tough and has the matt black effect I want. ...
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How to reinforce bowing foundation?

Please note: I am obviously not a tradesman, otherwise I wouldn't be on this site asking this question. However, in five years of home ownership I have: re-roofed my garage, resanded all the hardwood ...
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240v outlet not delivering 240 volts

To spare you all the long version of my two week nightmare: bought a house built in 1976. Hooked up dryer, switched to 3 prong plug. Dryer ran fine, started to smell like burning plastic until it ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Toilet problems

When it rains my toilet will act as if it is going to overflow when flushed. It goes down slowly. I live in the city and the main sewer line is in my front yard. My line connect to the main from my ...
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Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...
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Hardwood floor slat is split/sagging

I recently bought an older home (1895) and have all hardwood floors. In the second floor I have a floorboard that is split and sags as you walk on it. How can this be fixed? Reinforced?
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Two white and two black wires in ceiling box

Im trying to install a replacement light and the box has 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground wires, but my fixture only has one of each. I didn't really pay attention when i was pulling everything apart... ...
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Removing sap from an old railing

I have an old railing that has hard, crystallized sap that has seeped through. I'd estimate it could be 75 years old. How can I remove the sap without damaging the finish?
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filling in gaps in concrete patio

I have several 2" wide by 6' long spaces between the original patio slab and the newer slab that was poured after original construction of the house. The porch is covered so no moisture is getting ...
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How to repair pierced refrigerant line in chest freezer?

My idiot friend was screwing brackets inside an ice cream freezer with self-tapping screws, and one of the screws pierced a copper line containing refrigerant. Apparently it made a crazy hissing sound ...
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lights tripping the electric

My electric keeps tripping. Its the upsairs lighting trip switch and the main trip that goes. Now obviously your automatic thought is maybe a bulb blowing or some such thing, however, it tripped a few ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Rustoleum Epoxy Shield

I put down Valspar Concrete Bonding Primer and next is the Rustoleum Epoxy Shield, Will the epoxy stick since I put down the primer? I etched twice and cleaned with TSP twice.Should I remove the ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing a sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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New construction built on frozen ground = house settling 3" from north to south

We are in the process of building a new home. Our foundation and framing guy built through the winter, assuring us that they install wood basements all year. We have a wood basement with a wood floor ...
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Duct static pressure vs ambient air pressure

I've read that air handlers are typically rated for 0.5 iwc. Doing a simple conversion, this comes out to about 125 Pa. Is this with reference to the ambient air pressure? So, if I had an absolute ...
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Installing Crown Molding - Metal Studs

I'm thinking about putting up crown molding in my living room, but the apartment building I live in has steel studs. I've seen people online use the x method of nailing to secure the crown molding to ...
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Weslock deadlatch is stuck

We have a weslock lock on the door to our garage (bought about 2 years ago), and it has gotton stuck. It would not open from the inside or outside. The key turns ok, and even makes the click sound, ...
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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the ...
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Ordering new windows for old house… Wall thickness?

I'm rehabbing a structure from the 1850's. As you can imagine, nothing is square, level or plumb. The walls were originally plaster on top of true 2x4's. I've brought the house down to the studs, ...
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Need Help Connecting Roku to Home Theater System [on hold]

I have an older home theater system with only digital optical in. My new Roku 3 only has HDMI Out. Is there any way of getting digital audio from the Roku to go through the home theater unit? My TV ...
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Stacked stone fireplace

I have a stacked stone fireplace in my dining room with a gas insert. It has two flat stone pieces that extend out further than the rest of the stones that you would use to sit something on. The two ...
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3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?

I am working on sending some cables (RG6, Cat5 and speaker cables) from basement to the attic. This is a typical 2-story house. After reading some posts found over the Internet, I am now considering ...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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rotted soffit, fascia and vented panel

Very large openings to allow water, bird and insects in. No woodworking skills, old and financially not able to repair at this time. Would you suggest a roof tarp to cover all and over the sides, ...
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing walkway?

Parts of our concrete walkway have sunk down over the years, and we want to add a layer of new concrete over it to raise it ~ some areas will be as much as 3" and other areas only 1". What is the ...
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What product should I use to adhere pavers to an old concrete sidewalk?

We want to 'dress' up an old concrete sidewalk with pavers, but don't know if we should adhere them with mortar or some type of adhesive material. Which method would be the most durable in the long ...
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Oven suddenly tripping circuit breaker…bad oven or bad breaker?

We have a double Thermador oven in our house. We've owned the house for around two years, and the oven has worked fine up until the last few weeks. Now, using either of the ovens trips the circuit ...
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What is the best way to fix this garage floor?

I need an educated opinion about how to fix the garage floor shown below. I need the surface to be level and even. As you can see I have two items, a table saw and and work bench that have adjustable ...
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Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working

Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working,I guess its probably short circuited.How can I repair it by myself? What all tools do I need?
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What is this electrical device in my basement?

Is it something to do with the doorbell? House was built in 1947 if that helps.
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How can I prevent my refrigerator door from hitting the wall?

I have a stainless steel counter-depth refrigerator door (LG LFXC24726S). The right wall sticks out a bit further than the frame, and if the right door swings too far, it hits the wall and will ...
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Can I put tape over mold for a temporary fix? [on hold]

It's on the window seal. I slept with the window open the other night and now I have a sore throat and bad allergies. Could it be the mold?
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Is it normal for a 1" Lawn Sprinkler repair to leak only under pressure?

Using 4 steel radiator like bands, I replaced a section of underground lawn sprinkler black plastic pipe that runs over a septic drain field. Repair couplers do not leak until i press my foot down ...

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