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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about ...
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Replaced 12VAC halogens with 12VAC LEDS but the LEDs flash/pulse

We've bought a house where most of the lighting is provided 12VAC halogens. Some of these globes are starting to burn out, so we decided to replace them with 12VAC LEDs. The LEDs are non-dimmable, but ...
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Plywood joists above weight bearing wall?

I have a partial kitchen wall I'm trying to tear down. I took out the ceiling drywall and there are long joists running perpendicular to the wall which made me think the wall might be weight-bearing. ...
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how do i flatten my hardwood?

I have a 60 year old house and the original hardwood floors have been covered for at least 25 years and the slats are cupped with the edges of each slat being higher than the center of the slat. What ...
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Can I replace 3 switches with one 3 toggle switch

I have three switches by my kitchen sink. One for the dish washer, one for the sink disposal, and one for the light above the sink. Three separate circuits. I purchased a Leviton 3 toggle switch with ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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Leveling A Slab With Floor Drains

I just had the slab in my new basement poured about 3 days ago. It turned out terrible. The entire floor is wavy and has up to 1/2 inch dips and bumps every 4 feet or so. I would like to resurface ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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How can I paint walls properly without sanding due to possiblity of lead based paint?

My husband and I are buying our first home. During the inspection, our inspector said there could be lead-based paint (due to the age of the house) under the several layers of existing paint, and ...
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How to remove a concrete-filled, steel bollard

I have a set of permanent, steel bollards set into a small concrete slab that I need to remove, in order make room to build a small structure. The steel is 1/4" thick, and the bollards themselves are ...
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Truth about high quality HDMI cables [on hold]

My home theater setup specifically warrants a 25 feet HDMI cable. I have a Sony Bravia 55" LED TV 3D + 240Hz refresh rate, alongside a XBox One, Comcast digital cable and Blu Ray player. I went to ...
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I have a hard time assembling this desk and can't find where to attach the rails for the keyboard tray

First off - this is the final look of the desk: The problem is that the white rails for the keyboard tray - I don't know where to attach them to the desk. I have three 727x510 milimeter planks that ...
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Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat

I have a heat only system with two wires leading to the thermostat - red and white - and am wanting to add a wireless thermostat. The new thermostat however requires a "C" wire. Can I add a C wire?
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Remove a screw with a broken head

Used an impact driver to screw into a (pre-drilled) stud. The head of the cheap screw broke off, just about flush with the drywall. How do I remove this screw?
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Will using Concrete Anchors in Wall Studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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subfloor for tile in bathroom. what is ok?

Just bought a house built in 1978. Was planning on putting tile in the bathrooms (currently linoleum). I pulled out the fixtures and the flooring under the linoleum is particle board. I think its ...
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Noisey Heat Pipes

We have baseboard heating in our house and the pipes are very noisey. I've been reading that one way to help this is to bleed out the air from the system. I don't know if the previous homeowners did ...
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What kind of edging should I use between a patio and a French drain?

Here is a diagram of what I am trying to achieve My patio is pretty much flat. Due to settling the water collects near the wall Since it is too much work to grade properly the entire patio I think ...
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conversion of a roll up garage door to a side-hinged door

Can an old up and over garage door be converted to a traditional hinged swing open door, my door is an up and over but does not give enough clearance for my needs now . in order to save a bit of money ...
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What pump for a pond where sediment keeps restricting flow?

We have a pond with a fountain fed by a closed centrifugal pump. The fountain looks great... for 30 minutes. When its turned on, the pump sucks up sediment suspended in the water, and deposits it ...
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No shower water until sink turned on! [duplicate]

Last week plumber installed new vanity faucet, supply lines in small hall bath. Now the shower in that bathroom and the one in master bath do not have water until the sink is turned on...when sink is ...
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How can I attach the frame of a bed to legs using carriage bolts? [on hold]

I have a bed that I have been building - it has 4x4's for the legs, and I want to attach the frame of the bed (the part of the bed that runs from front legs to back legs, structural support) to the ...
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Grounding requirements for a subpanel fed from another subpanel

I have a 60 amp subpanel in my garage and plan to add a second 30 amp subpanel to an out-building 130 ft away (fed from the 60 amp). I Plan to run 6 AWG 4-wire from the 60 amp to the 30 amp in 1 1/2 ...
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Replacement for Moen 7300 kitchen faucet

I need a close replacement for discontinued Moen 7300 kitchen faucet with 1/2" ips/ 8" oc water connection. Does anybody make something like that now?
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What kind of filler was used for this patio?

I need to reset the pavers for this patio and I have the feeling that, by its look I have to redo the entire patio since the filler that is visible in this picture seems to have reached the end of its ...
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Shocking Cement

I didn't feel it myself, but my son-in-law and my own son said they were shocked when they touched the cemented ground in our backyard. We bought a new metal fire pit which we had set up and both men ...
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4x4 steel post depth recommendations

I live in West Texas. I need to put up a 4x4 steel post to mount a camera. How deep do I need to bury it? There will be 15 feet above ground.
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How can I modify my odd sized fireplace to accept standard size doors?

My brick fireplace is 42" wide and 40" high and I am thinking about adding a fabricated metal panel at the top to make the height effectively 32" instead. Another alternative would be to add a row or ...
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Help with building a desk

I currently have a desk that takes quite a bit of room and scratches very easily since its painted wood. As it is, my room isn't that big to begin with. I want to build a floating desk (Wall mounted) ...
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Basement floor paint problem

I painted my basement floor and now just 3weeks later my washer leaks and the paint is peeling off. I also put some water down on a spot and when I wiped it up you can scratch the paint off. It is ...
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Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater

I am in the process of getting my boiler and hot water heater replaced. One company gave me a quote for a Weil McLain boiler and indirect hot water heater. Another company gave me a quote for a bosh ...
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1answer
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What type of outdoor patio flooring should I choose?

I desire to replace brickwork on an outdoor patio, 12 feet by 12 feet. With appearance, durability, and ease of cleaning a higher priority than cost, should I choose 1) replace brickwork, 2) install ...
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Would vinyl plank flooring allow liquids to leak through?

I'm looking to replace carpet on an upstairs bedroom and was thinking about going vinyl sheet (12' x whatever I need) to avoid seams. I need to have a hardwood look (requirement from the missus). The ...
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1answer
54 views

How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
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Welding RSJ against Bolting

I am in process finishing my home extension. Main beam supporting is not bolted but strongly welded by an expert Welder who has guaranteed his job with functional certificate. Building regulations ...
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How can I install a Honeywell Linevolt Pro 8000 in a multiple thermostat situation?

My roommate who just moved out installed a Honeywell Linevolt Pro 8000 in his room several months ago (replacing an M602 with no brand name that I can find) and it seems to have worked fine - it had a ...
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Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?

I have a drywall job that I'm struggling to do with my hand tools and circular saw and can see a real need for a Spiral Saw RotoZip type of tool. But it'm not so keen to buy something so specialized ...
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How should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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What type of security sensors should be used in a three bedroom house?

I have just purchased a house and am hoping to install SimpliSafe throughout. I have 3 bedrooms: mine, my children's, and my office. Would window sensors be best in all these rooms, and then motion ...
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1answer
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How can I secure a wall-mount server rack?

I would like to install a 2-Post 12U wall-mounted server rack in my utility closet. The rack will hold up to 200lbs. However, my equipment will be just under 180lbs. Most of the weight will be at the ...
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1answer
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How can I repair a broken pivot hinge for a vanity mirror?

I have a bathroom vanity with three mirror panels, each on pivot hinges and magnetically held closed. One of the hinges at the top split due to the metal being stressed repeatedly. If you look at ...
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4answers
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How can I remove this screw?

Any one know how to open this screw? Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. Here are some more photos
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Can I use a 5 mil blue tarp as a moisture barrier over a dirt floor in a crawl space instead of poly sheeting?

Can I use a 5 mil blue tarp as a moisture barrier over a dirt floor in a crawl space instead of poly sheeting?
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Why is one bedroom colder than the rest of the house?

I had a home built last year and we have one bedroom that is 6-10 degrees colder than the rest of the rooms in the house when its cold outside. The heat is radiant and the system has temperature ...
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How should I control my garage heater?

I just purchased a garage heater from my local big box hardware store and I am planing to set it up, but had a couple questions I'd like to run by the experts around here. Firstly, I originally ...
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should a double thermostat water heater have the same maximum temperature settings?

I have a 30 gallon water heater that has two thermostats in it and we wanted to replace them with 180 degree thermostats (we live on a farm and need hotter water than regular household water). I ...
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1answer
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Would a drain line being too low cause a problem for the washing machine pump to run dry and damage the machine?

The drain line is the standard height, and is the height of the original one when the house was built. Is there a regulation stating it has to be a certain height? If so what is it.
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How can I hang a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling without wiring or an electrial box?

How do I install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling that has no wiring and electrical box? I don't really want to cut into ceiling drywall. I'm worried about support for the fan.
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1answer
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What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...

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