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What can I fill a trench around my house with to avoid creating a drainage issue?

I am planning out my footing insulation job. Right now it's a pretty standard floating slab-on-grade with footings extending down a few feet, and the footings are uninsulated. A ring of concrete was, ...
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Identifying a Tree [migrated]

I'm wanted to buy and plant some trees myself and want to copy my neighbor's tree. I'm having a hard time identifying what type of tree it is. Does anyone know by looking at it?
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How do I add support blocking for a floating sink (when the wall framing is metal studs)?

I'm installing a floating sink and think I need to install blocking between the studs. I would normally open the drywall at the correct height and use a 2x6 between the studs. But this is going into a ...
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Newly installed water heater with faint gas smell

Installed a new water heater last night (Rheem Performance Plus Model #XG50T09HE40U0). All went well with installation (including gas line bubble test), but this morning I could detect a faint smell ...
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Quieting cold air return vent

My gas furnace is in a dedicated "closet" inside the utility room. The closest cold air return is about 5' away (laterally) in the ceiling of the hallway right by the bedrooms. When the furnace ...
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Replacing hollow-core interior doors

I bought a house built in 1970 which still has the original interior doors. They are hollow-core, boring, brown doors. I am debating whether to simply paint them white or replace them with new ...
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for hz of e refrigerator byu in Usa and use in europe

i byu a french refrigerator 4 doors modelLMX31985st in usa for use it in europe .i byu and the slow down converterter.i'm afraid that the Hz in usa is 60 hz and in europe is 50 hz.and the appliance ...
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Trane XB80 Fan not blowing. Diagnostic LED blinks Normal operation

I have a Trane XB80. I opened the panel yesterday to check the wiring inside, and then replaced it and turned it back on. I did not notice if it was working or not, but I suspect the fan did not come ...
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Is a plywood backer required for all breaker panels?

I read online that a plywood backer may or may not be required behind a breaker panel, and that it must be painted black. What are the rules for this? And why must it be painted black? I'm in MI, USA ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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Is there a limit on the number of conductors PVC can carry underground?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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After replaceing water filter for GE Refrigerator water from dispenser is slow

At one of rental properties we have a GE GSH25JFXN WW Refrigerator. Our tenant changed out the water filter because of the recommended time to change it. He said that before he changed the filter ...
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packed out wall around HVAC with existing drywall

My friend has soft AC ductwork running up an interior wall. He wants to build a wall around it to hide the ductwork. My idea is to pack out the wall by nailing in framing between the ductwork right ...
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Adding insulation to exterior wall; remove cladding, or add on top of it?

I have an exterior stucco wall that's not in super great condition. The outermost-layer was applied very badly and is flaking off, so doing a patch job or yet another layer seems like a bad idea ...
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How can I repair my imitation fire coal bed?

The coal bed beneath my imitation gas fire has cracked. (It is vermiculite type of material) The part is obsolete, so can it be repaired or can I get hold of a block that I could shape or sculpt to ...
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Fix a copper pipe leak

I have a copper T joint that is leaking on one side, what is the best way to repair this joint that does not involve cutting the joint out and starting over? -- Update -- The pipe in question is for ...
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What to do about different rooms in the house being a completely different temperature?

I moved into a 30 year old home last December. There is a problem with the HVAC. I have included a very crude drawing of the floor plan The problem is that I can't maintain a comfortable ...
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Cover carport framing

The inside walls on my carport are not covered, so the framing is visible. It looks bad, and it's pretty dark at night. I was thinking of covering the walls with plywood and painting over it. Any ...
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Sprinkler system in indoor arena

I have an indoor arena equipped with 14 water lines & stations for watering the indoor arena floor to keep dust down. The water lines are 1 inch black pipe. There are 6 sprinklers per truss. ...
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Does electrical wires on exterior need to be in conduit?

Do I need to run electrical wires exiting the breaker box on the exterior wall of the house & traveling across the wall in conduit or can the wires be stapled to the wood siding with steel ...
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What are the downsides to paving a dirt crawlspace with cement?

I've got a home with a dirt crawlspace -- post and beam holding up the house, with the piers for the posts in the crawlspace of course. I had someone come look at it recently to clean it up -- I've ...
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PEX sizing for full laundry group and full bath group

I am adding a clothes washer and laundry tub to the supply lines to a bathroom group. Based on this terrific post, it looks like I can supply it all with four 1/2-in PEX lines (two hot, two cold). ...
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What considerations do I need when wiring a string of light bulbs in parallel?

I want to build a hollywood style mirror light for my wife (as pictured below). I'd like it to be powered by mains electricity (230v where we live in the UK), but I understand the bulbs will take ...
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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

I'm building a wooden gate for my deck, and I want to put in a cross brace to reduce sagging. I want to install the brace so that it transfers the load from the top unhinged corner, to the bottom ...
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What do I need to know when buying fuse for 3-pin plug?

I just learned that lots of fuse in 3-pin plugs actually are blindly equipped and rarely correspond to the correct amperage rating of the electrical equipments that the plugs powers, for example most ...
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Power supply for long LED RGB 5050 tape

I see that there are a lot of experts on this forum, so I believe that someone will be able to help me with small LED lightning project (I have bought/will buy all components on eBay). Currently I ...
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Cracks in basement cement that seem to leak more when water is running?

I came home from a 2 day trip and found cracks in my basement cement with water seeping into them. I noticed that when I ran the water it leaked more, any guess what the problem is?
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Can a concrete block be split the same way you cut stone?

I just bought a house with a large retaining wall built out of stackable concrete blocks. At one intersection there's an extra block that sticks out awkwardly. If I score a line with a chisel can I ...
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Electrical tester says its hot but nothing is working

I removed a section of wall not to long ago and did have to rewire some but everything was put back together and has been working for a couple months. The other day it seemed like the breaker popped ...
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How much clearance is needed on a gas fireplace

I have a small gas fireplace already installed. I cut a hole in side and it looks like it has about a foot clearance (opening between the outer wall and fireplace housing). In addition, it looks ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?

I bought this brass ball valve from Home Depot and installed it in the orientation of what I would consider "backwards". I'm not sure if it actually matters and before I close up the wall I would like ...
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How to replace existing ethernet wiring in the house?

My house was built in 2007 with ethernet wiring in all the rooms upstairs and downstairs connected to a central fiber optic switch. It looks like they used low grade wiring and I get constant ...
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Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?

I found out that my Kenmore electric stove small 6" burner is really 120v. The larger 8" coil is 220v. Based on the wattage of replacement coils: 6" elec burner(120v) 1500w = 12.5amps 8" (220v) ...
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Facade entrance damage

The entrance to our condo was damaged in the last few moves and I am not sure how to fix it. Check out the pictures What is this material called? It seems to be some soft of plaster shell with ...
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I have 2 single slots (left & right) at bottom of panel but using 12/3 wire for two separate runs

I'm learning to wire and have done okay lately, but now I want to tackle adding a Ground Fault Breaker to my panel to power some outdoor receptacles and landscape lighting. I've already run 12/3 (in ...
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Do I install my green board before I install my shower pan?

I have had to take my old corner unit shower out and about to install a bigger shower. What I'm going back with is Cultured Marble. This will be the pan and the walls. I was told I needed to ...
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Replacement part for glass balcony door

I need to replace this part, but I do not know what it is called (see picture). It serves to limit the range of motion of an aluminum frame glass door. It is exposed when the door is open. When ...
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Is there any way to predict foundation problems?

I'm considering buying a historic home >100 years old on the Chicago north shore and am trying to quantify/budget for the most expensive risks. I assume the foundation is one of the most expensive ...
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Weight limits on pergo flooring

We currently have pergo installed in our kitchen/dining room and have had it for a number of years - no complaints. We are now faced with the issue of pulling up carpet in the living room/hall as it ...
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1968 cast iron rough sewage pipe

I have a rough in bathroom that was done in 1968 for the homeonwers to finish. Cast iron pipes for shower and toilet are about 4in out of floor. How do I go about cutting them to install a toilet and ...
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UK door entry system cable colours?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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Where can I purchase outside insulation tubing in the Brackenfell, Cape Town area? [on hold]

Where can I purchase insulation for outside aircon pipes in Durbanville/Brackenfell area?
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Need help with my wiring

I have a wire that goes to three lights in the basement. I had a plug installed off the light wire that worked for quite a long time. This week our cable went out, found out the wire was dead, but all ...
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Can I glue a second layer of drywall?

I want to attach a second layer of drywall to old, partly damaged and crumbling drywall, with construction adhesive. I cannot use screws only because my patch's edges do not fall on studs (the patch ...
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Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?

So my flooring in almost done, I have about 99% of it installed. The only problem is that the gap between the last board and the wall is only 1 1/2 inches. Is my only option really to cut down these ...
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What's the true longevity of exposed fastener metal roofs?

I want to replace my roof. Exposed-fastener metal roofs are popular and common where I live, but nobody nearby has owned one long enough to really comment on the longevity. I worry that over time, the ...
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Toilet Backing Up and Bubbling?

About two weeks ago my sewage ejector pump died and had a massive overflow in the basement. I replaced the pump but I am now noticing that the toilet backs up. I am also noticing that when I take a ...
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Power cycle needed for garage door to work

Garage door stops working, lights work fine. When opener is unplugged and plugged back in it starts working fine for a few days then stops working againg until power cycled.

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