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Painted drywall with spoiled zero-VOC paint. Does Bin Shellac work to seal mold/bacteria? Some posts say no

My mother painted drywall with “spoiled” zero-VOC Banjamin Moore Paint (Natura). It was 5-year old paint, which had been opened/used years prior without a problem. The result was serious allergies and ...
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Help me find a way to get mold off my bathtub mat

How do I get the mold off my bathtub mat? I have used vinager and bleach please help! Any ideas I don't want my kids sitting on mold.
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How to remove a stuck Sharkbite connector from a PEX tube?

I have a Sharkbite stopper that I put on the end of a 1/2" PEX tube, and now I'd like to remove it. I've used both the official orange plastic removal tool and an adjustable wrench, and my fingers are ...
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Shower Drain Issues

My house is 60 years old. My shower is separate from tub. My shower drain has black water sitting in it. Is that a problem?
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Can I have a “hollow” basement bathroom floor?

I'm going to jackhammer my basement's concrete floor to install plumbing for a new bathroom. Normally, after the plumbing is done, we should pour concrete to it again. What will happen if I just ...
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Replacement hot water cylinder [on hold]

I am looking to replace a hot water cylinder in my flat that has started to leak, it has to be electric as I have no gas in the property. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have attached a picture ...
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Can my A/C unit knock out my whole trailer or is it coming from the main box outside causing the problem?

I'm confused. Do you know if my air conditioner unit would blow out the main power in my whole trailer if the box inside my house isn't tripping? It keeps making a very loud popping noise under my ...
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How best to mount an alarm contact to a uPVC door

I am trying to install a home burglar alarm and I need to fit some door/window contacts to the front/back doors and a couple of windows. All are uPVC. Is there anything special I need to door to screw ...
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Is an electric heat gun powerful enough to help aid in metalwork?

I've seen videos where metalworkers will heat up some sheet metal with a blow torch to make it more malleable. Could this be done with an electric heat gun (just working with ~1 to 2mm thick steel and ...
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Toro ready start lawn mower dead

Toro Personal Pace Recycler 22 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Briggs & Stratton Engine Model #: 104M02-0010-F1 Serial:1412305830813 Last worked one month ago. Now, I pull and ...
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Eletrioncs , such as a laptop [on hold]

My laptop Charger is making hissing noises but when i unplugged it from my laptop it does not make that noise whats the problem
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How to install crown molding or valance board around a cabinet?

I am replacing the cabinets in my kitchen and am going to be installing some crown molding (actually a valance board and then crown molding) around the top of the cabinets, as in this picture. The ...
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ingredients used to make concrete textured walls

Ive recently built a dozen or so large boulders that are now used as landscaping around my pool. In learning how and what to mix {you tube}, I seen other how too videos about refacing a block wall ...
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Adding ground to an existing conduit

Continuing my basement shop brainstorming... As I said in another question, the good news is that I've got a 30-amp 240V circuit more or less in the right place and available, and easily accessible ...
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Sliding Glass Patio Doors

I bought an older townhouse and the sliding glass door of the sliding glass doors are mounted on the outside of the track so anyone could lift out door. Can you switch the doors from outside to in ...
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Is there any reason to put 2 GFCI outlets in a 2-gang outlet box?

Is there a downside to using a single GFCI plus a regular receptacle in a 2-gang box? This is in a bathroom, in LA County, and the work will be inspected, if it's relevant.
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Toilet leaking at water line [duplicate]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins? At the hole that leafs out of the tank?
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How do I prevent my generator from permanently tripping my GFCI breakers?

I have an old house with a new addition. The new addition has a subpanel to the od house panel. This new subpanel required GFCI breakers. When I started the generator it tripped all these GFCI ...
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Heater causing dry uncomforatable air

My bedroom is a bit cool so I started using an electric space heater (that doesn't have a fan). I noticed it makes the air very dry. What's the best way of counteracting this? I was thinking of ...
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Best strategy for video security, package or separate DVR? [on hold]

I am considering setting up a video monitoring system for home security. This would include cameras mounted both on the house itself and in 2-3 locations on the grounds. I had originally planned to ...
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Viewing security cameras on andriod devices? [on hold]

I would like to view my dvr security cameras from my andriod device, what is the process of doing so?
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Manufacturing facility [on hold]

What is the height requirements for an electrical drop. Does it have to be 7ft or higher off the ground? Also, do 480 volt outlets required to have caps on them?
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What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking right where the water feed line begins [on hold]

What can I do if the toilet tank is leaking where the water feed line begins?
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How do I hang a new wooden gate so that it automatically stays closed when it is shut but also stays open at its maximum open span?

I am building and hanging a new wooden double gate. How do I construct and/or balance the gate so that when I open it completely, which is at 90 degrees, it will stay open but also when I close it, ...
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Can a homeowner without a Section 608 EPA license legally connect his own gauges to his own air conditioner if the unit uses 410a refrigerant?

It has been suggested by at least one moderator on this site that EPA Section 608, which restricts who can purchase and handle refrigerant, including who can connect a set of manifold gauges to a ...
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Vines / Crawling Plants that minimize damage to buildings/walls [migrated]

Years ago I was on a historical tour in Savannah, GA in which they said that they choose certain crawling plants/vines that minimize damage to buildings. What crawling plants or vines should or ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling light

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 2 cables coming into ...
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How to strengthen a giant pole made out of seven 2m long 40mm diameter plumbing waste pipes?

The problem: I have a plant growing out of my chimney. Last year I had a chimney sweep go up on the roof and remove the plant and fit a cowl/ cap onto the chimney costing over £500 including cost of ...
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How to flatten an uneven plank subfloor when the existing planks can't be removed?

The upper-floor master bedroom in my c. 1700 house has a plank floor laid across the joists which is quite old, if not original. The planks were apparently once 1/2", but in some areas of the room ...
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light switch is apparently broke, but the light stays on

my light switch apparently broke with the light on. Now the light will not turn off. Is it safe to leave the light on overnight with the switch broken?
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How to fix the upper thread tension of Singer Signature 9340 [on hold]

I have a Singer Signature 9340 with a top loading bobbin. Even tension wheel is set to 0, upper thread tension is still too tight. Is there any tension adjustment for bobbin or bobbin casing? How ...
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Which batteries are compatible with the DeWalt DW9107?

I have a DeWalt battery charger model# DW9107. Which batteries can I charge in it? It says 14.4volts I have a DeWalt hammer drill model# DCD950B. Will the battery for it, DC9096 work with my ...
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Is there any SAE Rod Stock Size That Can Be slimmed down to an M5 Metric Rod? [on hold]

Tonight I figured out how to put threads on a stock 5/16" rod using a 5/16" die: http://campl.us/sgO2 I don't seem to be able to find any threaded M5 in my town; so is there any SAE smooth rod size ...
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Loose bathroom wall tiles

So after hosing down the bathroom, I started to hear some cracking. I looked at the tiles and they were bulging out from the center. I guess water got into the top and loosened the tiles. I ...
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Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?

I am in the process of overhauling my home heating and plumbing. I bought a 2600sq/ft 1980s Cape Cod in southern Maine on the coast. I've reinsulated the walls and roof and am continuing to make ...
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Replacing original 1950s exterior door with new prehung: threshold question

I'm about to replace the original 1950s era back door on my house with a pre-hung. I'm planning this as a DIY job and have watch plenty of videos, but one thing that hasn't been well addressed is what ...
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Installing tile outside

I have a cement patio that I would like to install some type of tile (likely a hardwood look tile) over. Is there any special consideration or installation methodology I should use to install it? Do I ...
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Why might I measure less than 240 volts on a 240V circuit? [duplicate]

I recently had an electric dryer fail and I have been unable to determine the reason. All of the obvious items within it to check for (as mentioned in many youtube videos on such appliance repairs) ...
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Should I buy this house that has a jack post cracking the basement floor?

I am buying an already-built new home. I find this in the basement. The builder says it's okay, but I am really concerned. Is this really a big issue? This house is close to the retention pond. Is ...
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Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...
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Ikea bathroom vanity run down [on hold]

I am considering buying an Ikea bathroom vanity with double sink. Mainly because I only have about 40" of lateral space for the vanity and they are the only ones I can find which have a vanity with ...
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Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
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Sagging gate: tools to adjust anchor

I'm trying to fix our wooden gate, which isn't closing well as it is sagging. I'd like to fix it by pushing the anchor inwards, but I don't know which tools to help me do that. I tried hammering it, ...
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Dehumidifer level in basement

I own a raised range house and upstair with hard wood floor.I just bought a 70 pin dehumidifer and put it in my basement. My question is what is dehumidifier level need to set for best result for my ...
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Surface mount ceiling fan

I have a Tri-State home with a center beam extending from one gable end of the house to the other at the peak. The beam is completely exposed in the living room. I installed a ceiling fan with light ...
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What Size Screw Should I Use?

I want to fasten 1/2 " - 3/4" boards onto 2x2s. I'd like to scew them from the back so that they cannot be seen. What size screw should I use?
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Is this likely to be plasterboard and what to look out for when drilling a hole?

I'm fitting curtain tracks in a loft conversion in a Victorian townhouse (London). I was surprised to see the outside of the wall seems to be just a piece of wood i.e. no brick. The wall is hollow ...
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slab leak with main water supply

how do i find where the water line comes up in my house before the first drop ? I have a slab leak with the main supply line and want to bypass it and tie in with new pex? when I turn everything off ...
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Does the head of a pump depend on pipe diameter?

I understand that the head of a pump is the distance water can be moved upwards. This page mentions a few things the head depends on, but does not mention pipe diameter. So since it seems logical to ...
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Unknown armature in a kitchen

Can someone explain me the function of following armature in a kitchen? The valve is probably for the dish washer, but what is the purpose for the metal thing below? It does not seem modifiable and ...

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