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Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?

I have a drywall job that I'm struggling to do with my hand tools and circular saw and can see a real need for a Spiral Saw RotoZip type of tool. But it'm not so keen to buy something so specialized ...
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Laying tile on a slab

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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0answers
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Sensor type and placement for a 3 bdr house?

I have just purchased a house and am hoping to install SimpliSafe throughout. I have 3 bedrooms: mine, my children's, and my office. Would window sensors be best in all these rooms, and then motion ...
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1answer
12 views

best way to secure a wall-mount server rack

I would like to install a 2-Post 12U wall-mounted server rack in my utility closet. The rack will hold up to 200lbs. However, my equipment will be just under 180lbs. Most of the weight will be at the ...
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1answer
11 views

How can I repair a broken pivot hinge for a vanity mirror?

I have a bathroom vanity with three mirror panels, each on pivot hinges and magnetically held closed. One of the hinges at the top split due to the metal being stressed repeatedly. If you look at ...
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4answers
31 views

How to open this screw?

Any one know how to open this screw? Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. Here are some more: ...
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1answer
7 views

Choosing moisture barrier materials

Can I use a 5 mil blue tarp as a moisture barrier over a dirt floor in a crawl space instead of poly sheeting?
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1answer
22 views

Why is one bedroom colder than the rest of the house?

I had a home built last year and we have one bedroom that is 6-10 degrees colder than the rest of the rooms in the house when its cold outside. The heat is radiant and the system has temperature ...
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Wiring Garage Heater

I just purchased a garage heater from my local big box hardware store and I am planing to set it up, but had a couple questions I'd like to run by the experts around here. Firstly, I originally ...
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should a double thermostat water heater have the same maximum temperature settings?

I have a 30 gallon water heater that has two thermostats in it and we wanted to replace them with 180 degree thermostats (we live on a farm and need hotter water than regular household water). I ...
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1answer
36 views

washing machine drain line

Would a drain line being too low cause a problem for the washing machine pump to run dry and damage the machine? The drain line is the standard height and is the height of the original one when the ...
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2answers
44 views

How can I hang a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling without wiring or an electrial box?

How do I install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling that has no wiring and electrical box? I don't really want to cut into ceiling drywall. I'm worried about support for the fan.
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1answer
36 views

Need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...
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557 views

Can I hang a TV with one stud and drywall anchors?

I have read several questions on here regarding this topic but my situation is slightly unique. I have a TV mount that is about 20" wide. The studs in my wall are 24" apart. I am mounting a 55" tv. ...
4
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1answer
171 views

What equipment is required to install a generator?

I am installing a generator to operate only my heating unit and a few circuits in my house. Do I need a transfer switch along with a sub-panel?
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0answers
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can i use pre made timber truss on my extension span 26ft with only two walls supporting roof. Room 26 * 20 [on hold]

can i support a roof of an extension room 26 ft. wide by 20 ft. long The span of the roof is 26 ft. I only have two walls to support
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1answer
32 views

How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?

I'm replacing the bathroom extractor fan switch with a new one (the pull cord no longer works) The new switch only has place for 4 wires - Neutral and Live (Supply and Feed) and the earth. I have 7 ...
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1answer
30 views

How to make a basement warmer? [on hold]

I'm looking for some cheap way to renovate my basement and make it warmer and quiter,any ideas?
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0answers
34 views

How should I install a french drain in this situation, and will it help?

I need to install a french drain to prevent the water from getting to the wall of my house. The water is coming off a patio, here is the layout I would like to understand a couple of things: 1) ...
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0answers
23 views

Could my drain be backing up in to my A/C condensate drain?

I own a late 90's double wide trailer house, manufactured in the USA. The furnace is a 6 year old forced-air, natural gas and does not have a humidifier. The house has been unoccupied for about 6 ...
2
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2answers
66 views

How can I build a shed in two halves and join them without the roof leaking?

I am building a shed and I need to build it in two halves so I can take it off the foundation if I need to. The problem is that due to the dimensions, I have to split it in such a way the split line ...
0
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1answer
50 views

What could cause a recessed light to come on when removing the neighboring bulb?

I just installed a row of five recessed lights in my basement. All of a sudden, I have one light that shuts off. When I remove the bulb next to it, it turns back on. This row is daisy chained on the ...
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1answer
25 views

How to fix a pedal bin into a kitchen cupboard as a swing-out bin?

I want to fix our pedal bin into the kitchen cupboard such that when the cupboard is opened, the bin will pivot out (preferably with lid open) - i.e. imitating a commercial product (just as a random ...
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1answer
39 views

loosen a stuck screw

I have a gas grill and planned on replacing the rusted burners. I have 2 of the 4 screws out, the other 2 will not budge. They are machine screw through the aluminum burner into steel. I tried liquid ...
2
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1answer
15 views

How can I get the supply line brass valve seat on Pfister tub/shower mixer valve to stop leaking?

The hot water supply line brass seat fitting leaks where it enters into the concave section of the Pfister mixer valve for a tub/shower faucet. I have cleaned both surfaces with emery cloth and wire ...
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2answers
38 views

How do we fit a pedestal sink top onto a vanity base?

We want to put a rectangular pedestal sink top onto a wooden vanity (yet to be built). We won't be using a solid surface or laminate product on top, but instead want the sink to slightly overhang the ...
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0answers
47 views

Why is my knob grinding down? [on hold]

The initial problem with the knob was that the turning of the knob was under strain, so the plastic around it cracked. When this happened it made it slack, and so the knob could not turn. The last ...
6
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4answers
639 views

How can I totally smooth a wall surface without replastering?

I have taken the wall paper off of a wall, to find there are several layers of paint under it. I have sanded till it's as smooth as I can get it, but there are still patches not even 1 mm deep that ...
1
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1answer
27 views

What connector should I use to connect LED light / driver to mains?

I've just got some LED spots to go in a small cloakroom. What connector should I use to connect them to the mains? The mains wires to the driver are tiny (about 20AWG). Is there are recommended ...
0
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1answer
37 views

How do I remove the dome of this light fixture?

How do I go about removing the dome to replace the lights. I found online that similar light fixtures, one of the 3 "fingers" have a spring. But on mine, that doesn't seem to be the case. I tried, ...
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1answer
37 views

Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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3answers
58 views

Most bang for buck approach to insulating home

My home is a bit over 100 years old, wood frame aluminum siding house, that was not very well kept up by the previous (30+ year) owner. We've lived in it for two years, and are looking to improve the ...
0
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1answer
36 views

Can I install tandem breakers in this panel, and would one 20 ampere circuit be enough for a garage?

I'm a home owner searching for information before hiring an electrician to come and do work on my home. What I want: Have a separate breaker\s to service a single car garage. 3 receptacles each ...
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1answer
35 views

What is the black adhesive being applied between the veneer bricks?

What is the black stuff being applied in the last photo?
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2answers
52 views

How can I repair a hole in bathroom wall tile?

My shower had two towel bar anchors mounted on the shower wall when I moved in. Eventually, one of the anchors has broken, and taken the plaster it was mounted to with it. This has left a 2 in. ...
1
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1answer
46 views

How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...
2
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3answers
51 views

Can I branch off of a 2 pole 30 amp 10-3 wire found abandoned in a junction box?

Hello I was doing some remodeling in my kitchen and found a 2 pole 30amp 10-3 wire abandoned in a junction box under my kitchen island. its wired to my panel but the breaker was turned off and not ...
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1answer
24 views

What is the importance of “breathable” home exteriors?

I have heard many people say that it's important for a building's exterior materials to be able to "breathe." In particular, materials like brick are desirable because of their breathe-ability, ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Are pull chains available for wall switches?

I have a regular wall switch for a ceiling lamp. After floor renovation it became so high that we can not reach it. The idea is to install a pull chain switch so chain will hang on the reachable ...
2
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2answers
68 views

How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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2answers
38 views

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing [on hold]

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing or do I needed to add other training to equip myself?
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1answer
24 views

How to restore power after tripping a surge protection device?

What happened A new electric kettle apparently caused a loss of power in a circuit. The circuit is one of two 120V/20A lines protected by an Intermatic PanelGuard model IG1240R surge protection ...
3
votes
3answers
150 views

Should I wrap home in Tyvek when re-siding?

My house was built in the 60s and doesn't have normal plywood sheathing. It has that old sheet-rock-like sheathing (it's black, I think it is exterior gypsum). Basically the walls (right now) go, ...
3
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3answers
58 views

What could be the source of dirt in attic

I've had occasion to get up in the attic of my (new, to me) house recently. There is what appears to be dirt all over everything up there, with actual accumulation in places. This is a 2-story ...
0
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4answers
35 views

Do I really need a redundant sump pump? [on hold]

So I'm getting my dirt basement encapsulated, and the contractor is installing an interior perimeter drain and sump pit/pump. They offer either a single good quality pump, a redundant system with just ...
0
votes
1answer
12 views

Circulator (grundfos or willo) vs water pump

Can a circulator that is usually used in hydronic heating systems be used to improve free water flow, coming from a tank? Can it replace a pump. Pressure on the outlet of the pump is not important, ...
1
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2answers
38 views

What's involved in moving a hot water tank to the garage

After a recent electric hot water tank leak on the second floor - I've decided to relocate the tank to the garage. On the other side of the block wall in the garage - I have the laundry room - so we ...
0
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1answer
40 views

How can I install a Honeywell RTH65800WF Wifi thermostat?

I am having some difficulty figuring out the correct wiring for my new wifi thermostat. Before I bring out the A/C technician, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to help? Searched other ...
1
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1answer
66 views

Is it ok to run CAT-6, Coaxal, and HDMI near hot water pipes

I am running CAT6, HDMI and Coax in my basement. I have pipes that contain hot water from my heater, and to supply my radiators. Can I just use foam insulation on the pipes at the intersection points ...
1
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1answer
22 views

How can a ventless (gas) fire box be put in a wall safely?

It (ventless fireplace) is currently sitting on the floor, taking up needed floor space and I would like to have it placed inside the wall? I need to know any and everything that would need to be done ...

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