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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Mount horizontal 6" metal exhaust pipe to wall economically?

I'm trying to add more ventilation to the back room of my garage. The only available outside air exit location is 25' horizontally along the front room of the garage's wall. I have 6" 30ga sheet ...
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What size junction box

I am running a long 20 amp circuit out to a stock watering tank from the barn. Given the length of the run (280 ft) I will need to use 4 awg. Midway I will place a junction box and have an outlet ...
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Water Problem on Patio

Spotted water settling on patio...removed some cement tiles and found a crack in the 16 year old slab of poured cement ....water was flowing up from beneath the slab. Have a little hill behind a ...
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Wire gauge for subpanel

We are putting a 100 amp sub panel in a building with an eye toward making it a small apartment. We will need to run 160 feet of wire from the 200 amp main. We have been told to use 12/2 gauge and ...
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What is the name of a coupling nut with a cutout?

I'm fixing a lamp and I need a coupling nut to connect the post that contains the electrical wires to a rod that holds the shade. This looks like a normal coupling nut, but with half of the middle cut ...
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Screw hole size for building an arcade stick [on hold]

This is my very first DIY project, I am building an arcade stick: Rubber feet will be attached to those 4 holes. Now I do not have tools for any woodwork at home, (will buy once I do start ...
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Bathroom lights and power outlet [on hold]

I recently replaced the outlet and light switches in one of my bathrooms. After completing this, the other bathrooms lights and outlet does not work. I checked the breaker obviously and nothing has ...
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How to remove dirt and stains from vinyl decking

I have a vinyl deck that hasn't been cleaned in likely 10 years, save for what little cleaning the rain routinely does. I just recently rented a Black & Decker 1700 PSI pressure washer. I ...
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Are smaller or larger pavers better for covering a concrete patio?

I have a large ( 16' x 16' ) thick slab concrete patio that is pouted in 8 x 8 blocks. it has significant spalling and some settling. The concrete is 6" thick and situation in such a way that tearing ...
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Hvac air handler

I have a similar problem, my fan blower, when in auto, kicks on and I put selector to fan it comes on continually, which tells me my blower fan works. Checked thermostat and that seems to work, ...
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Old mortise lock bolted from inside

I have a situation in my 90 year old house with the bathroom door. Last night my bathroom door was closed and somehow bolted locked from inside and I can't get into it or unlock it. I believe this is ...
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Is it possible to link motion-activated flood light fixtures?

I would like to install four motion detector lights in my backyard I was wondering if it is possible that when one light goes on are is tripped is it possible for all to come on at the same time
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Product identification/recommendation - the goo between sliding door and wooden deck

I'm replacing the lumber of my deck, and need to plan the join between the wooden steps and the sliding door frame. The existing seal seems to be working perfectly, so I'd like to replace with the ...
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Mysterious toilet leak

We noticed water dripping down the wall below the toilet on the 2nd floor. I assumed it was a leak in the wax ring, especially because the toilet had become slightly loose and rocked slightly when sat ...
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1answer
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Dead outlet in basement for a cube freezer

About two months ago, I purchased an Igloo cube freezer for my basement. I plugged it into a standard 120V grounded outlet and it turned on and ran apparently normally for a three weeks before I found ...
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Are hairline cracks in basement concrete floor a problem - no water coming in

I notice quite a few hairline crack in my basement concrete floor. I've lived here for 14 years and no water has come up through the cracks. The townhouse was built in 1999 (so it is not a new pour). ...
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Is it OK to drain sump water into a pond?

My current sump system drains into an area that has high traffic for various activities such as log splitting and brush clearing. This creates a very muddy mess. I want to relocate the sump drain pipe ...
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1answer
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laying a new bathroom sub-floor on to sand bed

The floor is fully ripped out and sand exposed. New plumbing ( wastes) in place but now to pour the new sub-floor. What do we do now? Approx. 0.5m3 for 100mm thickness.
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How do I connect metal hole and material loop [on hold]

I was asked to decorate bag with tail. The trick is to do so hiding the connection point. Bag has a hole in stainless steel (6.5 mm inner diameter, about 2.5cm deep), tail has a simple material loop ...
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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

We live on a windy coast of North Sea. High wind is a norm here. One of the problems I face with the wind: it comes out from kitchen sink drainage pipe. If it is blowy outside, you can feel a draft ...
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Do you need to service air conditioning units?

We recently had an air conditioning unit repaired. When had done the job, the guy asked when the last time was that we had our units serviced, and looked shocked when we said we never service them; ...
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ground water in old coal store

Hi my old coal store in cellar leaks ground water when it rains. Rest of my cellar is a converted kitchen and bathroom. House is over 100 years old. I have damp proofed with liquid rubber, tanking tar ...
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Damp concrete floor in bedroom

Had water overflow into bedroom and closet. New laminate floor removed. Concrete floor has glue strips from another flooring that is sticky in some places. Will thoroughly clean with as little water ...
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1answer
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Plumbing and septic: bubbling and backing up

My mother lives in a two bedroom trailer with two full bathrooms. It's got a septic tank, but the toilets bubble and back up anytime she uses the dishwasher, washing machine or runs water in the sinks ...
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What is best decking material to keep out rats?

What is best decking material to keep out rats? Is it Wood, Composite, Aluminum or something else?
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Strange White Box in New Apartment

I just moved in my new apartment and there are 3 small white boxes without any label. (There is also a separate smoke detector and a door bell system, so it shouldn't be that) This is how it looks ...
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Concrete with crenelated appearance [on hold]

Can anyone tell me the name of the crenelated concrete surface shown in the photograph, and what its usual/common purpose might be?
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Type of sweep for front door

I need to replace sweep on my front door. The problem is that I don't currently have one on there so I have nothing to take to the hardware store to say, "I need this" so I'm hoping to get some help ...
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What kind of wood should I use for this job

I am trying to figure out what kind of wood to use that can hold 200 lbs. I want to use it for a floor for a golf cart of mine I want the wood to be 48x60 I will cover it so it doesn`t rot I will also ...
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Casa Endeavor Ceiling Fan: Slight hum, and major wobble

New Fan. I have installed at least 8 ceiling fans in the past. Juan, the CSR of the seller who I spoke with last week suggested several balancing options, nothing seems to be working. Never had ...
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Clamp for tight quarters

Is there a kind of clamp whose one pressing arm (or whatever you call it) is a simple straight bracket perpendicular to the clamping motion line (purple below) while the other is regular (black ...
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1answer
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Knob and worm gear open windows

Can you help me identify or suggest what you'd refer to this type of window that has a rotation handle powering a worm gear that drives the rod to open or close the window? Basically, what do you ...
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Help figuring out a water pressure problem in new shower faucet installation

When installing a Price Pfister Shower head we water hammering. So we got a new cartridge sent to us. Now there is a tiny trickle when we turn the hot water valve on. We switched the cartridges back ...
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How to repair void in edge of subfloor from rot?

Started what I thought was an easy job of placing "peel and stick" tile and grout in my downstairs bathroom, but that was until I removed the quarter round at the base of the tub. It is not all the ...
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What to Look for in Professional Products for Vapor Sealing Concrete Slab

I'm planning to seal a concrete basement floor soon. While I haven't had any water problems, the basement has a smell to it which seems to be the smell of the soil/clay underneath the house. What's ...
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How to keep bird away from leaving their droppings on the deck

Recently, I keep finding the bird droppings on the deck. Are there any ways to keep bird from leaving their droppings on the deck? Besides, are there any good chemicals that can clean the bird ...
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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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Bathroom hot water

we have a reno company doing our bathroom, and they installed a jacuzzi tub on Friday. They said we could go ahead and use the tub over the weekend as long as we tried to not get the floor really wet ...
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Can I use 2 pool heaters?

I have a heat pump which only works when its warm outside. I love it then. But I also have a propane heater sitting right here. Can I have it set up so I choose which heater to use, depending on the ...
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Switch out a Dimmer Switch with 5 Black Wires

I want to switch out a dimmer switch with a regular switch. There are 5 black wires attached to this 2 wire dimmer switch - 1 to 1 and 4 to 1. How do I install a regular switch with two screws? 4 ...
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What gauge wire do I need for my dryer?

I wand to add a washer & dryer to my garage, but breaker box is on the wrong side of house. No matter which way I run the wire, its 110 feet of wire required. Will 8-3 with ground work? Or is the ...
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Is it ok to use a brass compression sleeve on vinyl tubing?

I'm putting together a fountain feature in my yard and I'm using vinyl tubing from the pump to the bottom of the feature (which has a copper tube inside). I've got a compression union to connect the ...
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1answer
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Preparing walls for plastering

Hi I'm pulling down wallpaper in front room as I want to paint it but I've found that the old plastering is coming off with the wallpaper, and on last wall I've found they painted under it as well! ...
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Fixing a water tap that only comes out with high pressure suddenly

Moved into a new apartment, and the taps in the kitchen have an issue where if you turn the tap multiple times, barely any water comes out (if any), then you get to a point where the water comes out ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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2answers
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Old Skilsaw model 77 blade won't tighten

I'm on a farm, and I'm a little person learning to do big work. I was having so much trouble controlling a direct drive circular saw due to the gyroscopic twist when starting it up, my "adopted ...
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1answer
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Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?

Each floor is 12 feet in height. I already have the pump (Centrifugal Regenerative Self Priming 1HP Peripheral Type, Self Priming - 180sec At 3m STATIC SUCTION LIFT) and would like to know which is ...
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Where are this flys coming from

I wake up one morning for work and I'm walking down my hallway and there were 10+ fly's on my light .I just stayed away from them because it creeped me. I took my son to school came back about an hour ...

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