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Closed Power outlets

Just Bought a new home. It seems that the builder had some outlets open (where I can plug any devices), while some are Closed (I can't plug anything). Is there a Device I can rent or buy from any ...
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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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Staining and varnishing a new floor board to match the rest of the floor

Recently removed a wall between our lounge and dining rooms to create a nice big open space. I installed new raw floor boards in the hole where the wall was. The new floorboards are the same timber ...
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What is the best way to clean these brass door knobs?

I have 14 of these to clean and am hoping there is some quick way to clean 30 years of accumulated kitchen muck off them. Brasso occurred to me but I'm wondering if there is some solution I can drop ...
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Should I turn off my leaking hot water tank in winter?

Just noticed that the upstairs hot water tank is firing, and there is a bunch of water on the basement floor. (This is a duplex, and no one is living upstairs right now.) So my first thought was just ...
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Small alcoves in exterior walls for utilities access?

I am in Oaxaca, Mexico at the moment and almost every building seems to have these – photos from Google Street View. Am I correct that they are to give the fire department access to gas and ...
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Can I use a chest freezer in an unconditioned garage which often gets very hot and humid?

Do I have to do anything special to use a chest freezer in a garage in Florida which often gets very hot and humid?
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my bath has cold water but kitchen has hot water at the same time how is it possible?

we live in a 7 flat building with a basement for hot water and warming radiators. Sometimes water of kitchen (hot pipe) is very hot and water of shower (hot pipe) is very cold and I wonder why this ...
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How to refill a fire extinguisher

How do I refill a fire extinguisher in NYC. I went to the fire department and they do not refill them. I bought a new one but if the old one can be refilled, I would use it as a backup.
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Does my sandbox need a bottom if it will be over clay soil?

I live in the south and have pretty heavy clay soil. I'm planning on building a simple 4' by 4' sandbox for my kids. Once I remove the sod, can I just dump in a bunch of sand, or should I staple ...
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furnace blower motor vibration when working hard

A few weeks ago my furnace developed a vibration that can be heard throughout the house. If I remove the side panel of the furnace or if I remove the filter, the vibration goes away. My theory is ...
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Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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Can natural gas go stale in the pipe?

Any natural gas experts out there? Any time I am away from home for two days or longer, my stove takes 30 seconds to light. After that it works fine day after day after day! Another similar problem ...
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Is Switching the Neutral OK?

What’s the worst that can happen if i put a switch in the neutral instead of the phase? I just found out that 3 light bulbs sockets in my home are connected this way, it first came to my mind to ...
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How to hang a projector screen from a thin horizontal part of slightly curved ceiling

I have a brick wall in front of which I want to hang a projector screen. Here is an image of a typical projector screen that I am looking to buy: The part of my ceiling near the wall is curved(the ...
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Merging water softener drain line to water heater relief valve drain line

I'm wanting to install a water softener. Can I merge the drain pipe from the softener with the line coming from the relief valve on the top of the water heater? I'm concerned about the elevation of ...
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transfer switch

Installing a manuel transfer switch, (microwave circuit) Red wire from switch to breaker, 2 blacks together, both breakers on & switch is in line position no power at microwave recept. what could ...
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How to strengthen cracking joint compound after application over insulating foam sealant

Long story short, the wife is pregnant and wants the cats litter box 'outside.' My solution: put a 1'x1' hole in the wall ~10" deep between our living room and patio. Place a pet door over the ...
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How can i add a common “C” Wire to this old system?

I have an oil HVAC that was put in back in 1996. I sadly do not know the model of the furnace and cannot dig out any paperwork on it. Anyways, i want to go with some of the bells and whistles for a ...
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Moving vanity floor drain to wall

So before I make any cuts into my subfloor and wall I wanted to ask anyone with experience in this area on what my best course of action would be. Basically, I would like to have the pipes you see ...
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Plugged in computer, sparks went off in outlet, now 2 rooms are without electric

I plugged in a computer and spark went off. Now electricity is off in two rooms. Checked breaker it is fine. No electric coming in to outlets. I reset breakers 5 times.
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Should both ground and neutral in an electrical subpanel be bonded to the service ground?

I put in a 100 AMP sub panel from a 200 AMP service. The neutral and ground are separated in the sub panel. Would this bond the sub panel to the ground and neutral coming from service ground wire? I ...
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Shower only having hot water for 3 mins and no longer

I just moved into an apartment and unfortunately after taking my first and only shower there now for three weeks I instantly realized there was something wrong. Within three minutes of showering my ...
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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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Where can I find a metal one of these online? [on hold]

I need something like the following but made of metal.
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What pipe/adapter do I need to make this sink connect to this P trap?

I'm getting ready to connect a custom vanity to a P-trap and I'm not sure what kind of pipe/connection/adapter I need. The P-trap looks like this: (note that it won't be sticking out that far ...
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Removing a non-load bearing wall

I have two small rooms in basement. I want to remove the common wall between the two and covert the resulting big room into a home theater. What is the best way to remove the studs, wiring, etc ...
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What bit to use to cut a hole in quartz counter top?

What bit should I use to cut a hole to put in quartz counter top. I got a Glass ceramic tile bit and was wondering if that would work
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laying stepping stones over french drain

I am planning to install a french drain around my garage and make a walkway on top of it. I know the overall procedure for the french drain installation but am not sure how to make a walkway over it. ...
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Turn off Water Supply by Unplugging Water Softener?

Hi guys I have to replace one of the O-Rings in a leaky faucet and would have to shut off the water valve to said faucet, however the faucets in my place don't have individual shut off valves and ...
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Wiring 3-way switches

Basically this is my situation. I have two 3-gang boxes(w/ 3way switches) to control 3 sets of lights within our kitchen. Since there are two entrances to the kitchen, I have a box at each door. My ...
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My cooktop takes long time (30+ seconds) initially [duplicate]

I have a gas cooktop that takes a really long time to ignite initially. You have to hold down the ignitor and it clicks for an absurd amount of time (30+ seconds) before the burner ignites. Everything ...
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Extending the back of our house

We are going to be replacing our entire roof with a metal roof this summer. I was wondering if it would be possible to extend the back of our house before we put on the new roof. We would have to pour ...
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Where can I get unusual dowel/shelf bracket sizes?

I need to put up shelves inside a custom shelving unit. However, the original toggles that held up the shelves were lost in a move. I was thinking dowels but I've been told that the originals were ...
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How do I prevent critters from burrowing under house?

A critter that I have not been able to identify is getting under the house. When I hear it I run out & either it hides very well or takes off before I get there. I am thinking its a cat, raccoon ...
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Why does an LED light turn on and off irregularly while the switch is in the on position?

We have had a LED light in the family room for several months now. In the past week it has started to act funny. We turn on the LED light and after a while it turns off and then goes back on and then ...
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Transfer Grille Baffle

I just finished building a new home and as part of the Energy Star rating transfer grilles were installed above each of the bedroom doors to allow air exchange when the doors are closed. The problem ...
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What is a chairleg camstud?

I am trying to assemble a chair I bought online and cannot find a how-to video for it . The chair leg has a "cam stud" for the 2 screws and the instruction states "make sure the cam studs face out". ...
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Ghost flows in some zones

After installing a new Mod/com boiler and replacing my zone valves with circulator pumps for each of five zones, I am getting ghost flows in three of the five zones. Thank you for any help you can ...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

I'm looking for a fast and precise way to cut precise pieces of ceramic tile. Any recommendations on tools with pros and cons would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Towel hook in bathroom ceramic tile grout

I few years ago I installed tile on the wall of my bathroom. I needed a little hook for a hand towel in the tile, so I drilled two little holes into the grout in between two tiles and screwed the hook ...
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Can I connect an electronic air cleaner to the 24v terminals of my furnace?

I have a Goodman GKS90904CX furnace and looking to install an Electro Breeze Air Cleaner. The air cleaner needs an R and C 24v terminal for power or a power outlet with the supplied transformer. I ...
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Concrete foundation repair

My home was built in 1914 (Portland, Oregon). In 1948, the house was moved 200 feet to its current location. The 750 square foot house has a concrete basement with a concrete floor. The concrete ...
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Painting around newly hung doors

I just replaced my old doors with some new pre-hung ones. Taking out the old ones ripped some of the thick paint off. Also, in some cases, the new trim doesn't reach to where the old trim was, so ...
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Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?

I rent a house with a natural gas furnace. The furnace was not working at the beginning of this winter, and so we called the landlord to fix it. The landlord hired a repair man, who came and noticed ...
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Is 1/2“ plywood sufficient in strength as a 40”x28" table top?

I'm looking to make a 40" by 28" table for a six year old. I would like to use 1/2" plywood for the top and for two shelving units attached below. Those shelving units will also serve as the front two ...
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Front Door - Sound after closing it

I just moved into a flat and the front door has been bothering me. When I close the door, around 3-5 seconds later I hear a loud clicking/popping sound. It's like a lock moving into place or ...
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Pex tubing has residue - reducing pressure

I have a pex plumbing system that has been slowly clogging / losing pressure. Our sulphur treatment system injects peroxide into the pressure tank then flows upstairs to the filter system. The ...
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Securing inadequate/leaning deck supports

I am in the process of buying a house. The home inspector noted problems with the deck, most significantly "leaning posts." What would be required to get those 4x4 supports adequately secured to ...

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