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How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house

I am living in house in which the sun is not overlooking through the window at all, Is there a way to make overlook at least partially inside the house.
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thermostats for high desert climate

We live in Spokane, WA, a high-desert climate. We don't need a programmable thermostat, but we need it to keep an ambient temperature range which may mean A/C during the day and heat at night. We ...
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plumbing repairs

My home was built in 1965. Recently, a slowly draining bathroom sink was found (on rotor-rooting) to be obstructed by soft mud, leading our plumber to conclude that drain pipe under foundation was ...
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Replace the Threshold of an exterior door

Last winter the lower hinge side of back door (which faces west and gets lots of wind) was freezing cold during our Northern Illinois winter. So I wanted to fill it with spray foam to seal it up. When ...
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What is the proper order in framing the basement walls?

I am thinking of finishing my basement and am wondering what is the proper order of things for framing the walls. Do I put up perimeter walls first with electrical, insulation and vapor barrier, and ...
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How to give ventilation/exhaust to an inner toilet without exterior walls?

In our proposed home, there is a common toilet (powder room without bath) but it has no exterior wall. However, it shares a wall with another toilet. Can you please suggest a way to give ...
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Should I change all floors or only one?

I have two different type of flooring on my second floor. I have almost 30 sqm with dry pine flooring, and 8 sqm with vinyl. The pine planks are not nailed to the floor, I can lift the planks with my ...
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Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
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Should we use regular plywood or Lauan over fir strip sub-floor before laying vinyl?

We are preparing a rental kitchen floor for sheet vinyl or VCT tiles. We currently have exposed 3" wide fir strips as the sub-floor. We were told we needed to lay 3/8" plywood over the fir for ...
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What types of surfaces can I use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning?

Consider just NH3 and C3H8O (isopropyl alcohol) for their cleaning ability, in liquid form, on common hard surfaces (glass, aluminum, stainless steel, finished wood, PETE, etc). The action is just ...
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Wiring a switched PIR light outside on 2 core t&e?

My builder has incorrectly fed 2 core and earth from the switch inside to where the light will go outside (and made good). I was planning to buy a outdoor light with a PIR sensor and have the switch ...
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How can I level my bed?

I have a very uneven floor in my bedroom, and a metal bed frame (non-leveling feet), soon to be a wooden bed frame. I'd like to level my bed. What are some good ways to do this? One approach is to ...
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How to attach a new sill to an existing concrete foundation

I have a foundation of block wall. To get it to the correct height I need to put 4" solid block top cap on it and my sill plate on top of the 4" solid top cap. I can fill in the voids in the block ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

I have a deck with vinyl posts, and 5"x5" vinyl caps on the posts. I'm looking at how I can affix them to the posts so they don't blow off. I found a "Vinyl Fence Glue" listed at both Home Depot and ...
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Strange smell in August only

I have a strange smell (somewhat like decomp but its not) that has presented its self every August since 2009 and stays for 14 days. It comes on strong the second day and stays the same smell level ...
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Can I drill holes in septic tank risers to off-gas hydrogen sulfide?

How about drilling a few small vent holes in the riser (assuming it is open air and not buried)? The septic guy says that doing so would vent the HS gas and significantly extend the life of the second ...
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Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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long span shelf wtih no center support

I need to build a shelf spanning 11'6" x 30". It is in front of a window so I can only attach it to the walls at either end. It will need to hold about 100lbs of speakers and audio/video gear, with ...
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How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?

I have to put together an electrical enclosure that includes, some terminal blocks, fuses, a power supply (110-24V,3.2A) all of which will be used to provide power for a series of sensors and ...
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Sump is sealed for radon remediation and doesn't drain water. What can I do for water drainage?

Yesterday our 80 gallon water heater (less than 5 years old) ruptured - flooding our basement. Situated right next to the water heater is our sump - but it didn't do 1 ounce of its job, because it is ...
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Furnace acts like it is not getting power

Furnace Heil 7000 acts like it is not getting power, I know there is power to the furnace. There are no led lights flashing either.
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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HOA Management Software/Online Solution? [on hold]

I'm part of a small condo association (7 units) and we would like to find a good online management solution that allows us to manage out condo association. Some of the features I'd like are: ...
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Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this ...
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How do I determine/control which heat source is used (heat pump, oil)

I have a heat pump and an oil furnace for backup. How does the HVAC system know when to use the heat pump and when to use the oil furnace? Specifics: I have a Honeywell TH8320U1008 thermostat ...
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How do I fix a hole/gap between my shower tile and the dry wall next to it?

The dry wall immediately next to my shower tiles was damaged by being exposed to too much water over time. I let the wall dry out then removed the damaged section of drywall by pulling it out with my ...
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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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Best, cheap desk for a triple monitor setup [on hold]

I have currently got a triple monitor setup with a large gaming PC. I have a small, but brilliant quality corner desk. This isn't too good for my setup as it doesn't allow me to place my PC and three ...
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Why is my A/C's breaker tripping all the others?

I noticed the A/C wasn't coming on - even the outside compressor - so I checked the breaker and the two switches that the A/C is on were tripped. At this point no other breaker was affected. I went to ...
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Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
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What should I look for in a battery backup sump pump?

I've got a pretty basic 1/3 hp sump pump that does the job quite well. However, i'm concerned about losing power and just the wrong time. Or worse the pump goes bad! What sort of features do you look ...
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how to cool your roof naturally?

I live in the multi floored gated community house in South India with the ceiling exposed to sun.On addition to this my windows are not exposed to open airs . In summer it gets really hot as the hot ...
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Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak

I need to attach some oak trim (8mm x 60mm) to a recess in a plasterboard wall. The trim will affix to the metal c-stud on the verticals, and to wood noggins on the horizontal. Since I'm fixing ...
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Which terminal should be used for a “C” wire when none are labeled “C”? Older electric furnace/heat pump

I have an all electric air handler/furnace connected to a separate AC unit and it is also a heat pump. I've purchased the latest and greatest Honeywell WiFi "Smart" Thermostat and it needs a C wire. ...
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How can I clean an air compressor tank?

I have a Dewalt Air Compressor - portable. My tank has rust slurry in it and I need to clean it out. Is there a recommended method to flush a small air compressor tank?-
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Types of floats and trowels for concrete

In Brazil there are basically 3 kinds of floats: Steel (in many shapes), used for smooth finish concrete, spreading mortar for tiles, plastering, etc. Wood (rectangular) used for rougher finish of ...
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How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass

Rather stupidly I taped up round the edge of some windows (eight windows both inside and out) before painting the woodwork (I'm not accurate enough to do it without taping) using gaffer tape rather ...
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Mounting a TV on a chimney breast

In our new house the master bedroom is on the upper level and has a chimney running through the room from the living room below. It's painted brick and all 4 sides are exposed (you can walk around ...
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Can I use an LED bulb in a incandescent only fixture?

I'm considering buying this Home Easy ceiling rose, as my light switch is in awkward place and I'm unable to move it. I have an LED bulb in the correct socket, and this manual says you can't use ...
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Can Self Leveling Compound be Poured Over 2 Inches Thick?

I need to pour a level pad 2 1/4 inches thick to support a cast iron tub on top of our slab (the floors are raised 2 1/4 inches). I would like to use a self-leveling compound (like this one ...
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Where do I connect my C wire from my thermostat when there are two transformers?

I have a Laars gas boiler that has 3 heating zones. I want to replace the old mercury honeywell tstat on the 1st floor (heat only) with a newer honeywell RTH9580 wifi model. I've taken pictures of my ...
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How can I fix this crack in my porch foundation?

We have an outdoor porch that is sitting on a slab (i believe). The one side of it has a pretty substantial crack and I'm wondering the best way to fix. Should i just get some masonry caulk and a ...
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How can I reduce vibration transfer to piled foundation?

Situation is: new home construction about 50-75 feet from a railroad and the home is to be built on piles (or stilts) elevated about 12-15 above grade. I'll leave the underground considerations to ...
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Furnace not working properly with digital thermostat

I have been attempting to use several different types of digital thermostats to replace my old mercury thermostat, however none of them are able to control the furnace properly. All of them are able ...
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How should I fill gaps between floorboards?

We have a Girl Scout camp and I'm the new property manager. We have cabins that are on stilt-like legs, approximately 20 years old. The flooring in these cabins has large gaps in between each piece of ...
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How can I get 2X6X12's cut at a slight angle so I can build a level floor?

Here's my question - I am turning a friends small garage into a guest room and I need to place a wood subfloor on top of the cement floor. The room is 7.5' wide by 12' long and it slopes at a slight ...
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Is there an cheaper alternative to plexiglass?

I want to cover a small area to be usable in the winter / rain. I am thinking of using some transparent or semi/transparent material to allow light to pass and to be discreet. I found Plexiglas, but ...

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