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How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?

We have a big wall plastered with clay. It was originally brown, and we wanted to paint it white or a light pink, using lime paint. Lime paint is said to be an ideal match for clay plaster, and has ...
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Vinyl covered cabinets

I just removed the vinyl laminate from my kitchen cabinets. I've been trying to scrape off all the glue but it's been a project. Is there anything else I can remove the glue with? Sanding only melts ...
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Plumbing not draining after reassembly

My sink seal came loose and so I replaced it last night. Before taking it apart to replace, it was draining fine. After putting it back together, it doesn't drain at all, one side of the sink slightly ...
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For installing a new exterior light on a brick wall, can I connect the wires in a junction box mounted on the opposite side of the wall?

There is plenty of room to install the junction box on the other side of the wall and I would rather not put a box on the outside of the wall. Can I simply connect the wires in the junction box on the ...
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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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Handles without springs: strong door latches

Our internal doors use old Edwardian door handles. However, the handles don't have a spring. The latch we have doesn't have enough strength to work the handle (they sag). I've tried searching for ...
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How do I properly ground a light fixture?

I installed a light fixture in my bathroom and need help grounding it properly. The previous fixture wasn't grounded. When I removed the fixture, there were two wires, one black and one white, from ...
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Is it possible (and safe) to adapt a 4-prong dryer outlet to a NEMA 6-20?

I'm considering an appliance that is 240v 16A 3500watt with a NEMA 6-20P plug. Is it possible and safe to create an adapter for this so that it can be plugged into a standard 4-prong 14-30R dryer ...
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Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?

I am evaluating a quote to refinish my hardwood floors and stairs. The contractor mentioned that they would not be removing the quarter-round below the base board and it would require touch up after ...
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wall outlet when bottom is tiled and top is drywall

Our handyman may have planned poorly when tiling the bottom half of our bathroom wall. The light outlet's bottom is within the tiled area, white the top half is within the drywall. There is a space ...
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Why is my bathroom vent fan tripping the GFCI when being shut off?

I have a GFCI tripping when a vent fan is being shut off. I saw in KeithS's answer to a similar question that the blades rotating after shut off causes an imbalance, tripping the GFCI. In my case the ...
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How would I go about identifying this oak color?

I inherited some oak furniture a few years back and was looking to add a couple pieces to it, but, I want to try and get close to the same color. I have no idea what color this actually is, so I was ...
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How do I fix sticky KILZ primer?

Has anyone ever had problems with an oil-based primer like KILZ being sticky or not drying correctly? We removed some vinyl tiles and mastic from a basement laundry room floor (concrete) using ...
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Loud noise in the pipes when I turn off my hot water

We have a combi boiler, and recently when you run the shower after turning the hot tap off there is a large banging in the pipes. It only seems to happen with that specific tap (as far as I can tell). ...
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Can I re-fluff blown-in fiberglass insulation with a cellulose blower?

I am planning to add blown-in cellulose (GreenFiber) to my 15' x 40' attic, which currently has blown-in pink (circa 1971) which has really settled/compacted. A lot of it, I can actually pick up in ...
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How to frame ceiling in unfinished basement

My basement is partially finished. One room which is not finished, that I'd like to finish, sits below the garage. The room is surrounded by 4 walls of concrete blocks, has a concrete slab floor, and ...
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Corrosion on copper pipe: Is this a concern?

I came across some corrosion on a copper hot water line in our house: Is this a potential early warning sign of impending pipe failure? I did some research online and came across multiple ...
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Would not running the recharge cycle for an extended period cause a water softener to fill with water?

The other day I noticed the basement floor was damp around my water softener. I opened the lid and found that it was almost completely full of water. As I thought about it I couldn't remember the ...
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How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?

How can you open the top of a double-hung window when you are short and elderly? I have air conditioners on the bottom of the windows, but I would like some fresh air on cool days. I am in no shape ...
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Thermostat replacement

My old thermostat is a carrier t-stat and has a jumper wire between o/w2* and L I am upgrading to a honeywell wifi t-stat, should I install the same jumper wire on the new thermostat? I have an ...
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Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?

I'm installing a new 100 amp panel and have almost run out of openings on the neutral bus bar and still have 4 more breakers to install. Can I double up on the neutral side or should I start using ...
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What is the best way to retrofit an underfloor heating system in a concrete slab?

I have a UK bungalow that I am renovating. I would like to replace the current heating system (radiators, natural gas boiler) with an underfloor heating system. I think the cost of digging up the ...
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How to build a porch [on hold]

I want to build a porch similar to that (but no so cool): But i never built something outdoor. What wood should i use? Where can i get the blueprints? What to do if i don't have a concrete on the ...
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Particleboard over plywood subfloor? [on hold]

I am preparing to install laminate flooring in a home I just purchased. I've ripped out all of the carpet and padding. The subfloor appears to be 5/8 inch plywood in the living room hallway and ...
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1answer
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How can I repair a loose T joint connecting pipes under my kitchen sink?

I found a puddle under my kitchen sink and was disappointed to find that the T joint connecting the drain from the garbage disposal and and the second sink was completely loose. As shown in the ...
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1answer
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What could cause low hot water pressure in the shower only?

The hot water pressure in every other faucet in the house is fine, but in the shower it's a little more than a trickle. I removed the shower head and pulled out the cartridge (it looks kind of like ...
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Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?

I am redoing the electrical in my 1940s house. The house has no grounding electrodes but the meter and panel are grounded to my water pipe outside in the front of the house. (This actually looks like ...
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I have 220V cable on a 110V circuit. Should I be worried?

I'm reconfiguring my kitchen and moving some stuff around, which necessitates moving some outlets and switches. This is my first attempt at any kind of electrical work, so finding weird things makes ...
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1answer
25 views

Problem with parallel flow

The problem is that there is no water at the outlet when pump is working. When I disconnected 3/4" pipe that was in parallel to 1" pipe, and left 1" pipe only, the water showed up at the outlet and ...
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3answers
51 views

Can I count on being able to cut galvanized pipe to size?

I am planning a shelving project that will use galvanized pipes. I am still designing the shelf and am wondering if I can plan on using whatever length pipe that I need (because they are ...
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1answer
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Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?

I am renting a house that has no central air, instead we have to use window units. There is evidence that the house used to have a gas heater, and there is a 2 foot by 3 foot hole in the floor leading ...
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1answer
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How to clean grout over grout?

We are doing over our bathroom. We have tiled the shower with large white tiles with a gray strip down each side. After we grouted the white tiles (waited a couple of days) we used gray grout for ...
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How can I tell if there's an electrical issue or if I have a bad dryer?

I purchased a dryer from Sears: recently, which didn't work upon being connected. I performed a couple electrical checks (more on that in a moment), then called them up and told them that it was dead ...
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How can I remove brush marks from a wall painted with metallic paint?

I recently painted my kitchen wall with a metallic paint. I love the paint and the look it gives my wall, except I have brush marks in it. This wall was a new sheet rocked wall that was mudded and ...
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1answer
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impact resistant windows [on hold]

We have been looking for replacement windows. Our area requires hurricane impact resistant windows, We are getting a quote from Storm Tight Windows, Inc. their top of line vinyl. What is your opinion ...
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1answer
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What animal are these coffee-ground-like leavings around my doorframe from?

We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much ...
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How do I know if I will drill into a hole in a wall that was already made?

I drilled 2 large holes for mounting a flat screen in the bedroom. One hole is in a wood stud and the other is a metal stud. I will be renting out our apartment and will be taking the TV down and ...
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insulation below fireplace

I was removing wood paneling in the basement to fix some seepage cracks and I noticed a huge space that was un-insulated. This spot had some pipes running through it and it runs right underneath the ...
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How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?

I came home last night to find water on my basement floor. After looking around, I located a pinhole leak on the short segment of pipe coming into the house from the street. This is the one foot of ...
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Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?

Bought a house (built in 1937) recently. When the clothes washer runs (particularly, when it agitates), lights in the house flicker. I've read in numerous places online that this is possibly due to ...
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1answer
45 views

Wiring multiple switches off 1 load wire

How do I wire a three way switch and a single pole switch off of 1 load wire?
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What size wire do I need for a 100amp underground 300 ft run?

I want to put in a 100amp subpanel in my garage. The run will be underground and 300ft long. I have a Siemens panel with breakers rated at 60/75 deg C. What is the proper wire size I need? I was ...
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1answer
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What to do about hot neutral in switch?

The light switch only controls a ceiling fixture. But, the cable powering the switch also powers 2 grounded outlets. The neutral wire on the switch is live/hot. The black wire is not. Right now all ...
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Water Problems please help! [on hold]

So my water is dripping from both my shower and my kitchen sink even though it's off and I'm wondering how much will the water bill be? Will they still charge me even though its off? Help!
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1answer
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Tracing TV cable path in wall

I have a weak signal at the TV cable that the cable company thinks is the source cable for the condo, but they are not sure. I would like to trace the path of this cable in the wall to see if there is ...
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1answer
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What could be causing water to back up into my bathroom basin?

out of the blue, water just started pumping out of my bathroom basin drain flowing over the counter top onto the floor - nothing had been turned - this is a highrise condo I'm on the 3rd floor - ...
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252 views

How do I change which half of a receptacle is controlled by a wall switch?

I have a switched outlet in a bedroom. The top receptacle is controlled by a wall switch while the bottom is always hot. Can I make it so the top is always hot and the bottom is switched by just ...
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1answer
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Can I install a Honeywell WIFI Thermostat?

I have done quite a bit of research and have not been able to find an answer I am looking for. I currently have a manual digital thermostat that is not programmable made by Braeburn. My system is a ...
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Can two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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Connect Taco Radiator system to a new Honeywell wireless thermostat

I have a Taco model 572 valve connected to an existing wired Honeywell TH8110 thermostat for my oil fueled radiator system. I'm getting a new Honeywell TH6320 wireless thermostat for a new A/C ...

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