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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

I've recently purchased a house and am now learning all the ins and outs of home maintenance. This summer, I've noticed that I have a very smelly basement drain. Particularly, it smells like sewage. ...
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Bathroom exhaust Fan

I need to install an exhaust fan in my bath on the main floor but I have no place to vent it but down through the basement and out a window. Is this Okay?
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How do I deal with a loose lightbulb socket on our ceiling fan?

When my wife and I bought our house, there were two ceiling fans with multiple light fixtures (4 inside a plastic enclosure and 4 "exposed" within glass lampshades. On one of the fans, one of the ...
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how to setup smoker in grass yard?

I'd like to setup a smoker in my backyard. Its one of the cylindrical fairly inexpensive ones. I'm hesitant to just put it on the grass because i don't want any embers to get on the grass and the yard ...
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How to connect a portable propane tank to a portable stove

I have a 10 ft. bbq hose connected to a propane regulator on one end. That end has a 3/8" male npt fitting. The other end of the hose is labeled as having a 3/8" female flare fitting. I tried to ...
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Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?

We purchased two portable air conditioners for our bedrooms. It include a plastic window kit that can be fitted for the window. I.e., this: ...
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How to stop this small roof from leaking?

We have water stains in the ceiling drywall underneath this small section of roof. I suspect it's due to the loose metal that's on top of the shingles. The fasteners on the top of the metal are ...
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How does this 50 year old showeer valve work?

I'm in a bind, with this valve taken out of the wall and the water supply turned off. It looks like these pieces are all intact, nothing broken. The valve stem screws into what I would call the valve ...
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Unknown refrigerator button

On my refrigerator (electrolux), what does this button do?
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Power but nothing works?

Good afternoon all. I appreciate any help I can get because this is making me crazy. OK so here it goes... Replacing a GFIC in my kitchen that has a breaker that is also supplying three other ...
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Escape register for added ventilation in AC duct against condensation

I have a condensation and drippage problem where my 8" exposed circular AC duct comes out of the ceiling. Above the ceiling is the attic, meaning it gets pretty hot. The pipe comes out of the ceiling ...
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When to turn on the water for my washing machine?

I recently moved into an apartment which has, separate from the sink, a faucet that looks like this: . (The water flow begins when the handle is turned counter clockwise) I'm a beginner in home ...
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What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?

Suppose consider my incomer main is live and is feeding my MCC and now if i operate my standby diesel generator connected to the MCC what will happen in the system ?? will there be dead shorts or any ...
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Is it a problem that I have two of each color wires on my Honeywell thermostat?

I am thinking about upgrading my Honeywell thermostat. Every thing I have seen describes / shows a single wire for each color. My current thermostat has two wires connected to each terminal (two green ...
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How to deal with ants in wall

I have a pretty bad ant infestation. I think the little critters are Argentine ants. I've used a couple of bottles of Terro (I usually put down about a quarter bottle at a time). It does slow them ...
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Circuit rewired to accept 5th recepticle.

I rewired a simpe circuit to accept a 5th receptacle. All five recepticales worked fine until I used an appliance and had difficulty removing the plug. Now two of the receptacles do not work, but ...
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What's the best way to insulate an outdoor sauna?

I am designing a 4'x4' sauna. Most information online is for indoor saunas. From what I've gleaned, the layers should be (for example): Outside ––> cedar exterior ––> tyvex ––> strand board --> 2x4 ...
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GFCI/Wiring Problem

I have a question (and it's a bit of a head-scratcher). My house was built in 1994. The garage is fed from one 20amp circuit wired to the lights first, then a GFCI, then a couple regular outlets. ...
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putting gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar

I have a finished concert pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and pained. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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How can I separate the fan and the light in my bathrooms?

We've got four bathrooms, all wired so that the light and the (extremely loud) fan are on the same switch. Each one appears to have two blacks wires (both connected to the switch, different screws on ...
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carport flooding

How do I keep runoff rain from flooding my carport? Once the drain and ditches fill up in front of my property, water comes all the way down carport and leaves approx.a 2 inch water line around ...
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Can an existing exhaust fan with a light and night light be replaced with just an exhaust fan and a seperate can light in the shower?

We are remodeling our bathroom and in our shower we have an exhaust fan with a light and night light combo which are connected to three different switches. We are replacing our exhaust fan with a ...
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How to mix concrete cement

How do i make sure i have the right air in concrete cement if i'm mixing at home.So that the concrete is stronger and won't crack in cold winters. I'm pouring a small walk way about a meter of ...
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Did I do wrong: Small stones under deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market ...
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COMBINATION ARC-FAULT/GFCI CIRCUIT BREAKERS [on hold]

Square D is currently the only company that has a combination ARC-FAULT/GFCI breaker. Does anyone know when the other companies will have them available?
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Possible causes for sound of water running through house pipes when water is off?

We recently moved back into our beach house after hurricane Sandy. During the storm repair the lower level was rebuilt including moving a bathroom and moving the house valve (only a few feet). We ...
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Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway?

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway, over the backerboard and under the porcelain tile or is the thinset adequate? Sub floor is above grade, 3/4" plywood. thanks!
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extenable wlan home automation system [on hold]

I want to build my own home-automation-system to avoid the high-cost commercial products in this field. I have read a lot about raspberry pi and arduino, but I need some further help to distinguish ...
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How can I set up a timer for my motorized blinds?

My room has a window with motorized shades, which can be brought up or down using a switch that's in the same enclosure as the light switches in the room. I want to set it up so I could program the ...
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Lighting problem

I install new 12/2 wire from breaker box to a gfi outlet pig tail to another gfi outlet then to seven regular outlets then jumped to a light switch controlly six can light(6 inch).light switch is a ...
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1answer
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How to flash a roof valley on parallel roofs

I'm redoing my entire roof (roof deck included). The previous owner built a carport parallel to the house. The carport is a permanent structure with a normal roof - trusses and whatnot of equal ...
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1answer
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Deal with stripped washing machine inlet

I have a washing machine with a stripped water inlet. Is there an easy solution to fix this?
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How do I stain/paint Ikea birch Wardrobe pieces ebony?

I don't like the Birch color much but I got a couple of those to use but would rather have the darker color. How do I go about making this change without ruining the wardrobe or the pieces please?
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MR16 Led lights only work when power is cut?

I had just gotten a package of LED coloured light and all of them work except one. strangely as soon as i unplug it ,it flashes for a second. what does this mean and how can i fix it?
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Footings for free-standing structure

We moved into a house that backs up to some trees and a small creek. There aren't any good trees for a tree house back there, but I would like to build a raised fort for the kids instead. It will be ...
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How do i know if my service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker

We are looking to install a hot tub and trying to find out if our service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker. This is what our panel says but I do not know what all of this means: ...
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How can I fix a large gap between wall and countertop caused by bowed walls?

We live in an old house with plaster walls. We recently installed a new counter top and discovered that our walls are bowed and curvy. There is approximately a 3/4 inch gap on either side of the bow. ...
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How can I finish a hole in the wall?

Considering a home theater "upgrade" for the house. When I was thinking about placement for the projector, I realized that the back wall of my living room is actually the wall to the Kitchen Pantry. ...
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What could cause a heat pumps line sets to be the same temperature when running?

The symptom I'm dealing with is that the heat pump system isn't cooling as much as it should. Tested it today, was about 79°F inside and outside; system was blowing air at about 73°F. ...
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Replacing window

I am replacing a window in a garage. I measured the rough openings but the current window in the garage is quite old and I am not even sure what kind of window it is (or the proper terminology for ...
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

So, I am working on changing the stain on my particle-board cabinet(disassembled). I sanded, and then pre-stained the various pieces. I have also applied the first coat of stain(ebony) to the wood ...
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How can I fix paint with orange peel texture?

I'm working on a new site that is a large penthouse flat. Some amateur painter just put bad quality white emulsion on the walls instead of applying a mist coat. I sanded it down, but the next layer ...
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How can I wire a WeMo into this circuit?

Ok so I have figured out (I think) how to make my three way switch act like a single by solving red and black in the middle box and red in one box. Now those two switches are dead. My question would ...
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1answer
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Is 40-amp breaker enough for my new range?

My new range says it needs a 40-amp circuit breaker minimum. But it also says maximum draw is 13,200 watts on 120/240, so doesn't that mean a 40-amp breaker would be inadequate? By my math, max ...
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Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?

I have both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock on my door (actually, all three of my doors). I've noticed that this is a consistent pattern at most houses and apartments that I've visited in my area (I ...
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water valve outside (hose front/back work but not inside)

ok, so the spigot has a main valve for the house... it seems stripped... won't close just turns and turns... there is water pressure for the hose on that spigot and also in the back of the house hose ...
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How many dimmer switches do I need?

I have an electrical situation, 3 switches controlling one light and I want to put in a dimmer. What type of dimmer do I need, 3-way, 4-way,or what?
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What prevents the water from flowing in a 13mm garden hose?

I'm harvesting rainwater with this kind of device: The same shop was also selling a rather expensive, clear, wide (maybe a diameter of 4cm) (like 200€+ for 25m) hose designed to work with it. So ...
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What's the maximum span for a regular kitchen worktop?

I'm looking at using a regular laminated worktop as a desk in my office room. The room is just under 3m long - would I need to add a leg support in the middle if I attach it to the wall with a simple ...
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Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...

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