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Hot water problem in 2nd bathroom

we have a 2 story house, in the 2nd upstairs bathroom the bath hot water is cold but the basin runs hot then scalding both are mixer taps, the shower fluxtuates between ok and cold. all other hot ...
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Replace load bearing studs with 4x4 posts

I would like to open up our dining room to our living room, but don't want to install an LVL due to a limited budget. We decided to get creative. By simply removing the sheetrock, and using the ...
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When upgrading a gas meter, do you need to install/upgrade regulators for natural gas appliances?

I live in TX and have Amica as my natural gas provider. I want to replace my tank water heaters with a tankless unit. According to the Amica tech, I will need an upgraded gas meter which would ...
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Need to find control valve for damper

There is no control valve attached to this damper: so I can't turn it to open/close the duct. It's currently closed :-(. It's smooth so I haven't found anything that can even grasp onto it tightly ...
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Help identify (abandoned?) buried line

I have a pipe of some kind buried about 6" below grade in my backyard. Photos are provided below. I have no idea what this line might be, and was hoping to solicit ideas. Whatever it is, it appears to ...
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Separating wall cavity from cold air return for cable

I'm running cable for a motion sensor for our alarm system. I want to put it in the corner of the room and run the cable down inside the wall cavity, then through the right-side stud and down to a ...
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How do I know if blade fits the miter saw?

I just got my first miter saw (ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser). I want to buy this diablo blade ...
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1answer
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Cut vs patch plaster and wire mesh

I'm replacing the ceiling of a window-seat that was damaged by water. On the wall above the window seat, I've got an area of wall where the top layer of plaster has come off. The top layer appears to ...
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overflowing spark plugs for 070 chainsawed

I have adjusted the carburetor but when I start the chainsaw it starts then cuts off. When I checked again the spark plug is over flooded. Why? What should I check next?
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How much will this siding project cost?

I really need some advice from someone who isn't trying to get all my money I have a house built in the 70s ok.... i'm the new homeowner... lived here for about a year it's time to address my siding ...
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Toilet will not flush and has Air Bubbles

Toilet will not drain when flushed. If I use a plunger for 5 min I can get the water to drain to normal level in the bowl. If I turn on the water to the bathtub and sink both sandwiching the toilet ...
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How do I double screw corner posts

I'm building a dog house for our new puppy and got stuck on something. The plan... I want to build a frame and put external and internal walls so I can fill with insulation as Winter where we live ...
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1answer
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How to clean dryer ducts . Home is built on a slab

My home sits on a slab, I can only assume that the dry duct runs from the wall and under the house ( no crawl space.). there is a large pipe that exits the house on the outside where the cap is ...
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How can I add thermal mass to my house?

We're part of a real-time pricing program with our electric utility company, and a good strategy for offsetting electricity use during peak demand times is to pre-cool the house. The more thermal ...
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How do you hang a casement window sash?

I have Anderson casement windows I want to rehang because some sashes are rubbing up against the bottom or side. I think the rubbing is just from the sash sagging over time, they were installed in ...
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2answers
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Electrical fault tracing

Red Hot leg of 14/3 cable disconnected at panel but still picking current somewhere from the other leg. Circuit breaker does not trip. Everything works ok on the good leg. How do I find the fault?
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I have t9 flourescent bulbs, what ballasts can I use?

I have a bank of 12 t9 bulbs. I would like to purchase some ballasts, however, t9 ballasts are no where to be found except for circline bulbs. I have straight tubes. I would like to know if I can use ...
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2answers
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Is a shop-vac adequate for discarding the greenish water on top of the pool cover?

My pool has the winter cover on. The water underneath, I am hoping, is clean. But the water on top of the cover is quite dirty. What kind of pump should I use for discarding this water before opening ...
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Need ideas for ground decking next to a slab foundation

So I ripped out this whole area of concrete that was bucked up by tree roots and now I don't know what to do. My idea beforehand was to do a square paver patio from the garage door to the water ...
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1answer
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Wiring new ceiling fan to existing light switch box

I will be installing a ceiling fan/light kit in our bedroom that did not have any sort of ceiling fixture before. Currently, the only light switch in the room is a two-way switch that controls the ...
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AC is freezing after one day of full use

I had my AC unit serviced two months ago. The unit is about three years old. This week is the first week we have had it turned on all day. Last Sunday I noticed that the AC was on, but no air was ...
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Best way to wire in a subpanel in an outbuilding?

I've been asked to help a woman add electricity to her shed/kitchenette/classroom. I went to school for commercial wiring and have not held a job as an electrician in over a year, plus I don't have my ...
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25 views

Do i need another drill? [on hold]

I have an impact or power drill already, its a bit heavy so I am wondering if I need another drill which is light for the purpose of drilling screw in woodworks I mainly use the power drill to drill a ...
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What kind of paint and texture is this? And how do you patch this area?

What kind of paint and texture is this? And how do you patch this area?
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Whirlpool dishwasher having issues, what would cause these symptoms?

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher (type 575-0). Over the weekend, the dishwasher control buttons simply stopped working. No LEDs came on when the button was pushed, dishwasher didn't start, nothing. ...
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Can I install batts under rafters in partially obstructed knee wall space?

I have an unconditioned knee wall space. I wish to condition it but am faced with a small dilemma. My concern is: can I install fiberglass against the rafters (assuming I have baffles), if the ...
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67 views

How to protect my home against spying? [on hold]

My personal information has been stolen and used to commit fraud a couple of times... vigillence has allowed me to not get hit too badly but it's becomming a real chore, consuming lots of my time. ...
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135 views

Can I use an outdoor 8/3 wire to hookup lights outdoor?

I have removed a hot tub from my house and want to know if I can use the cable for some outdoor lights. The wire is a 8 gauge 3 wire hooked up to a double pole 50 Amp breaker. It is a lot of wire ...
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1answer
28 views

Should storm windows be removed if AC will be on and windows rarely opened?

We generally run our AC most of the day. I am wondering if it is a detriment to leave the storm windows on (b/c they create a pocket of hot air) or a potential benefit (by reducing the escape of cold ...
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Gas water heater auto-shut off when water supply fails?

I recently purchased an off-the-grid summer home. Solar, water collection, and propane for hot water, fridge and freezer. Everything works incredibly well. But we often leave for a few days at a ...
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How to Get Water Filtered with Silver for a Student? [on hold]

Student so I am searching for a low budget product but can 100-200 e if necessary. I did not find any good products in AliExpress. Now, I am considering the product here but it is rather expensive ...
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1answer
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Seized “ballofix” ball valve can't shut off water properly

I have a dripping shower/bath mixer tap (read "running hot water and rapidly getting worse") which I need to fix. I have found the water switch off valves for the apartment, but I cannot close them ...
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1answer
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Skylight bad idea on flat roof?

I have a metal roof with a 5 degree pitch in a temperate climate (snowed once in 50 years). My living room equatorial facing Windows are largely blocked by my neighbors but I do get some sunlight ...
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Replace pop-up with flip sink drain covers?

I had my house replumbed to code and put new sink basins in with pop up wastes. But I find that the water drains slowly, and the brand I'm using breaks easily so that they don't click in and out. I've ...
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Rubber ring underneath bathtub drain stopper

I'll start off this post with saying that I know almost nothing about plumbing or even simple handy-man stuff. Now, I have a bathtub that is clogged. I unscrewed the stopper and there was a rubber ...
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Deck trimming lumber option

I am building a deck with 2x8 joists so the trim would be around 2x10 to have a look like these: OR However, I am not sure which materials to choose. Option 1 This one is pressure treated but ...
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How can I rig a security system to play a custom sound? [on hold]

I'm thinking that for non-confrontational deterrence when a home surveillance system detects an intruder, it would be smarter to play a sound that suggests the home owner is at home (instead of an ...
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1answer
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Electrical problem in my home

In my house we get a low voltage shock when you touch metal with wet hands. We had a electrician in who told us it was a problem outside our house. He said it had to do with the transformer that fed ...
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AC Unit does not receive 24 volts on outside unit

My outside unit does not turn on itself, but it does work. I just did a quick repair just thinking it was the capacitor and it was only 15 dollars for a new one so I changed that out and still had the ...
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how to connect a nozzle to a hose that doesn't have a threaded connector [migrated]

My garden hose does not have a threaded female connector at the end. In that case, how can I connect a nozzle to the hose? I tried to find if there is any type of threaded connector that can be ...
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2answers
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

First of all, I'm new to all this. I recently applied mud to the corners and did some texturing in my basement. Two days later I notice there are cracks in some places. Why is this happening and what ...
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1answer
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How to prevent moisture from ruining a climate-controlled wooden outbuilding

We are having a 16 x 24 x 8 wooden outbuilding built. We are making a home gym that will have a cooling/heating unit for climate control. We are worried about moisture causing damage. Looking ...
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Remove old Schlage door lever handle

I recently purchased some replacement doorknobs for my front door. The existing interior and eterior levers are keyless. I succeeded in replacing the interior knob and it looks/feels great. I went to ...
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New cooktop has aluminum wires

New cooktop has aluminum wires. Is it ok to connect those wires to the present outlet which had copper wires connecting the old cooktop? Thank you for your help
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Garage door sensor problem- (Liftmaster Formula 1 model 1280R)

Trying to fix problem for elderly neighbor. The sensors don't work if mounted where they should be. I've removed them and wired them directly to the drive unit. They work there. The wires running ...
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What are the pros and cons of building a shed on stilts on ground that is quite boggy for a month or two in the winter?

The stilts would be wooden and with concrete foundations. The shed would have a plank floor maybe 30cm above the ground, and there is sufficient wind to keep it dry. The area gets little snow.
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13-Amp lawn mower + 10-Amp cord tripping 15-Amp breaker?

To illustrate, I have the following setup: 15-Amp breaker 100ft 16-gauge extension cord rated at 10-Amp 13-Amp corded electric Lawnmower When I make the mower work extra hard by trying to mow some ...
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1answer
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Is exposed doorbell wiring in the garage dangerous?

When we bought our house 12 yrs ago, we learned during the walk through that the exposed wires in the garage were from the doorbell. He said to never touch the wires because we could get ...
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Dishwasher Power Cord has Two White Wires. Isn't the wide one neutral?

A contractor hooked up our dishwasher this way (see image), but I believe it's wrong. The dishwasher's hot (black) and neutral (white) wires are the ones going into each wire nut from the left side. ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings (the frame rattles in its tracks--the glass is secure). One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm ...

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