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Installing a ceiling fixture; connecting to existing switch + wall outlet, no attic access

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I am replacing a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer switch controlled a chandelier light that I just replaced with a ceiling fan. There is also another switch that controlled the light, ...
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Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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1answer
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What type of paint to use when painting on a shiny veneer, to produce the least odour?

What type of paint shall I use when painting a non-removable, wooden shelf with a shiny, dark-brown veneer? I want to apply white colour. The problem is that the shelf is almost non-removable and it ...
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How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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How to fix a deck railing that is falling off?

I have an older deck that has a wide (approx 25 feet) unsupported span. The railing on the deck seems to be pulling outward, probably due to planters on it, and general heavy usage. The underside of ...
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1answer
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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New reliable and effeicent boiler [on hold]

I have the combi boiler at home which is old model and it is too old which had got frame failure problem. I am thinking to replace the old boiler with the new boiler by changing it? Can anyone suggest ...
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Why don't I have any power in my kitchen despite a socket testing hot? [on hold]

I have a socket with 2 black wires and 2 white wires. When I test them they read hot but when I connect them to the plug I have no power. I don't have power in the kitchen at all: no plugs or lights ...
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Glass deck above basement addition [on hold]

We're planning to expand our basement underneath our deck and would ideally like to cover this section of the deck in glass as in this photo. (Posted: Wear skirts at your own risk!) Our architect ...
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Home security alarm system in the uk [on hold]

Can anyone suggest the best home security alarm? Most famous one is ADT in the uk which is monitored alarm system. Is it non-monitored alarm system much secure than monitored one? Can some one please ...
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How do I connect a light before a 3way, followed by a 3way, then a light? [on hold]

I now have power to 3way A, connected to 3way B, to a light. I want to add a light before 3way A. Power comes to a junction box, then to 3way A. A is at the bottom of a stairs and B is at the top.
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What type of joint should I use while building a plywood box?

I'm building a trophy. It will consist of two boxes...one slightly smaller than the other and stacked on top of one another. I'm looking for suggestions on how to join the corners of the boxes so ...
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Proper size drain and venting behind new bathtub

I'm a plumbing newbie and I'm adding a bathtub where one didn't exist before and I want to make sure that I am plumbing the drain properly. I have a 2" drain available to me directly below the tub ...
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1answer
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What's a good tool create a floorplan with? [on hold]

My brother just moved into a new house, and it has quite a lot of rooms that we aren't entirely sure what to do with. As a result, I thought it'd be a good idea to create a floor plan that I can print ...
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Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?

I am redoing the area where my washing machine is. Currently it's placed in a closet and has a tile floor. I'd rather not use tile in the new setup, but it got me wondering if this is an important ...
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1answer
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How thick should a plate steel stringer be?

We are goind to built a stair like this one: But instead of two "floating" stringers, since ours will be against a wall, I thought about using plate steel and making it more flush with the wall. ...
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Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall

This was my first attempt at mudding drywall, and I thought it was smooth and flush to the wall; however, after painting the wall I did notice that the edges of the mudded seams were completely ...
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Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?

I'm preparing to drywall my attached garage and have run into conflicting opinions on if I should staple the insulation flanges to the sides of the stud or the face. I live in the San Francisco bay ...
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1answer
27 views

what is recommended ceiling height for a flat natural pine ceiling to avoid feeling closed in [on hold]

Open floor plan is 24 by 36 feet, ceiling height is 9 feet - will it feel claustrophobic with a natural pine ceiling. Wood trim is natural.
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1answer
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Conduit Underground - Ways for tunneling under obstructions?

I'm running into a situation where it's increasingly difficult to bury this PVC underground 18" in some spots due to massive tree roots. Changing directions and/or destroying the roots isn't an ...
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2answers
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How well will leather couch hold up in screened in deck [on hold]

I am looking for something comfortable to put in my screened in Deck to watch tv from. Normal fabric I am thinking will get musty. How about leather? There is a Chance it could get wet during windy ...
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Cleaning walls or painting

When white walls get kind of filthy due to smoking or dirty finger here and there, is the only solution to paint over? Or is there any product that could clean them once in a year or so to keep them ...
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1answer
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Is there an easier way to remove glued-down hardwood than hammer & pry bar?

In preparation for putting in a new hardwood floor, we've taken the existing laminate out and discovered what appears to be the original parquet hardwood floor underneath. The parquet squares are ...
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Sewer drain cap replacement options

I have sewer cap that has lost its threads. I am wondering what options I have to replace/fix that does not involving tearing up the cement floor. Are compression fittings a good option?
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What should I do about small cracks when painting a homes exterior?

So I'm painting my homes exterior. I was wondering if anything should be done about these tiny cracks in the paint. They aren't peeling off, and its very tough to scrape, since you have to take off ...
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1answer
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Unexpected rain less than 24 hours after staining

I painted some exposed wood surfaces (window beams) with an acrylic/oil mix stain/sealant. The can said to paint when rain is not expected in 24 hours and that drying time is 24 hours. I did not see ...
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How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket?

My refrigerator door gasket was torn on the bottom, so I replaced it today. The problem is that much of the new gasket is "squished" - that is, not spread as widely as the old one, so there is a gap ...
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Should a heavy duty transformer (used predominantly for LED lights) be on the mains ring or the lighting circuit?

I am putting RGB LED strip lights in a room, powered by a fairly heavy duty (30A) 12V transformer. The transformer will also power a Raspberry Pi (volatage will be split to give it 5V)that will be ...
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toilet not flushing properly flapper closing too soon

I installed a new flapper and it doesn't stay open long enough. the chain is short to the point not much left to shorten. it was the proper flapper but just does not stay open long enough unless I ...
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wire two lights with two 3 way switches [on hold]

power comes to a junction box with a light attached to the box. The box sends a line out to other lights controlled by pull switches. I want to control the light on the box and a light at the top of ...
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should I stain the bottom of exterior steps?

When staining exterior steps should I also stain the bottom of the steps? I ask because I think it might better to leave the bottom unstained to let any moisture in the wood evaporate. There would be ...
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1answer
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NEC, use more extension boxes or an access panel?

What is the maximum number of extension boxes you can hang from a ceiling? This is ridiculous and I probably need one or two more to meet the new drywall ceiling. Are junction boxes permitted behind ...
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rain cover for basement steps

I'm making a plywood rain cover for basement steps. The area is 5' wide by 8 'long. The height will be 8'. I want to make concrete footings for the support posts. What size and width of hole for ...
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How to lubricate a buzzing fan?

I bought a little mini fridge (ok, it's actually one of those wine cooler thingies) that buzzes loudly. Took it apart and discovered the source of the problem: a little fan in there, similar to the ...
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43 views

Proper way to connect joist to top plate?

What's the proper way to connect an element like this: I was thinking hurricane ties but was wondering if there was a better connector.
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How can I pour a concrete floor over a particle board subfloor?

I want to pour concrete over the particle board subfloor in my living room. I like the loom of stained concrete. We have a crawl space underneath. My question is what product do I use? How thick so it ...
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1answer
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How to protect outside cable wire from myself?

I have a lovely standard black cable wire that wraps almost around my entire house, through, over and under dirt, mulch, rocks, bushes, daffodils...you name it this darn wire hits it all. An ...
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Ceiling fan in between ceiling rafters not producing air flow

I just bought a home where the den ceiling fan is positioned in between two exposed rafters in the ceiling. The fan is in the perfect position in the room, but I believe the rafters are causing an ...
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1answer
189 views

How to replace siding through gas pipes

I am looking for the easiest, fastest way to replace siding in a wall where the outside gas pipe is coming into the home. My assumption is that I'll need to turn off the gas, replace the pipe, ...
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Are some water valves poor quality?

My house was built in 1996, and every water connection has a multi-turn shutoff valve. These seem to fail the first or second time I use them - the inner rubber seal disintegrates and becomes brittle ...
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Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?

I recently learned that our 1970s townhouse doesn't have its own main water shutoff. Instead, two contractors have access to a room with a water shutoff for the building (about a dozen units). My ...
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Flood Vents and Raised Gardens

I have flood vents in-front and behind my raised house, which sits on a crawl space. I would like to put a raised garden in the front of my house. Is it acceptable to do this if I create an opening ...
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1answer
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Trying to find window manufacturer from sticker on vinyl window

I have a bottom sash of a vinyl window with some broken glass and need to replace it. There are several stickers and markings on the window, but I am not able to figure out who manufactured the ...
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1answer
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Can I use Mason Sand under Pavers?

I put an inch layer of mason sand down over a compacted base of process, and am about to lay large concrete pavers (18"x18", 12"x18", and 9" square) down. Now I'm reading that I should have used ...
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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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Is it possible for me to convert my downlights to normal lights?

So just bought a house and it's one of those newer houses where every frigging room has got halogen downlights. Seriously I've probably got about 30-40 of them all over the house. Not sure what the ...
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Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?

The recessed light in my bathroom broke while trying to unscrew it, and only the metal collar remains. What is the best way to get that remaining part out?
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If I want to build my own home security system is there a good place to start looking for cameras etc? [on hold]

I hope I'm posting this at the correct place. I'm looking to build my own home security system starting with cameras and letting them detect movement etc. Anyone know of any companies that sell these ...

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