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plumbing repairs

My home was built in 1965. Recently, a slowly draining bathroom sink was found (on rotor-rooting) to be obstructed by soft mud, leading our plumber to conclude that drain pipe under foundation was ...
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What types of surfaces can I use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning?

Consider just NH3 and C3H8O (isopropyl alcohol) for their cleaning ability, in liquid form, on common hard surfaces (glass, aluminum, stainless steel, finished wood, PETE, etc). The action is just ...
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What should I do about small cracks when painting a homes exterior?

So I'm painting my homes exterior. I was wondering if anything should be done about these tiny cracks in the paint. They aren't peeling off, and its very tough to scrape, since you have to take off ...
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How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house

I am living in house in which the sun is not overlooking through the window at all, Is there a way to make overlook at least partially inside the house.
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thermostats for high desert climate

We live in Spokane, WA, a high-desert climate. We don't need a programmable thermostat, but we need it to keep an ambient temperature range which may mean A/C during the day and heat at night. We ...
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Can I drill holes in septic tank risers to off-gas hydrogen sulfide?

How about drilling a few small vent holes in the riser (assuming it is open air and not buried)? The septic guy says that doing so would vent the HS gas and significantly extend the life of the second ...
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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

I have a deck with vinyl posts, and 5"x5" vinyl caps on the posts. I'm looking at how I can affix them to the posts so they don't blow off. I found a "Vinyl Fence Glue" listed at both Home Depot and ...
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Replace the Threshold of an exterior door

Last winter the lower hinge side of back door (which faces west and gets lots of wind) was freezing cold during our Northern Illinois winter. So I wanted to fill it with spray foam to seal it up. When ...
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What is the proper order in framing the basement walls?

I am thinking of finishing my basement and am wondering what is the proper order of things for framing the walls. Do I put up perimeter walls first with electrical, insulation and vapor barrier, and ...
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How to give ventilation/exhaust to an inner toilet without exterior walls?

In our proposed home, there is a common toilet (powder room without bath) but it has no exterior wall. However, it shares a wall with another toilet. Can you please suggest a way to give ...
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1answer
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How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?

I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on ...
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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

I recently cleaned my deck using Behr deck cleaner and want to re-stain it before the winter. Do you recommend sanding the entire deck, or just the affected areas where the stain has come off? I was ...
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Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this ...
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Is it possible for me to convert my downlights to normal lights?

So just bought a house and it's one of those newer houses where every frigging room has got halogen downlights. Seriously I've probably got about 30-40 of them all over the house. Not sure what the ...
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Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak

I need to attach some oak trim (8mm x 60mm) to a recess in a plasterboard wall. The trim will affix to the metal c-stud on the verticals, and to wood noggins on the horizontal. Since I'm fixing ...
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How do I remove/replace these window screens?

Description of window set, in case someone knows them by make: the lower pane is counterbalanced (weight? spring? I don't know) and the upper pane is fixed in place with a screen window underneath it. ...
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Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
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How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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Should I change all floors or only one?

I have two different type of flooring on my second floor. I have almost 30 sqm with dry pine flooring, and 8 sqm with vinyl. The pine planks are not nailed to the floor, I can lift the planks with my ...
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How to clean spots/stains from marble?

No idea where this came from. Just noticed today. Can't tell what it is. I tried to scrub it semi-hard (don't wanna do too hard for fear of scratching) with a towel and water and did not succeed in ...
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on i also added to the gfci ...
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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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Can I wire up a 353W projector with a 25W track light?

So I have a 25ft 16AWG power extension cord running up to my projector which draws 353W. I want to add a two outlet plug to the female end of the extension cord near the projector and get one outlet ...
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How do I clean paint and glue from bluestone?

I have Bluestone interior floors in new construction. Ready to finish but slight paint overspray and several glue spots. Is there a problem using a diluted muriatic acid to clean?
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What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?

How does one select a surge protector for a typical home? We get surges and slight drops in line voltage. We are the last pole on a small town electric provider, three miles from town. Surge ...
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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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Should we use regular plywood or Lauan over fir strip sub-floor before laying vinyl?

We are preparing a rental kitchen floor for sheet vinyl or VCT tiles. We currently have exposed 3" wide fir strips as the sub-floor. We were told we needed to lay 3/8" plywood over the fir for ...
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1answer
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Convert light socket to plug socket for LED lighting strip

I have a european (Netherlands) light socket in my house that I would like to convert to a plug socket to accommodate an LED lighting strip. My builder says it won't work, but he's Polish, I'm English ...
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Strange smell in August only

I have a strange smell (somewhat like decomp but its not) that has presented its self every August since 2009 and stays for 14 days. It comes on strong the second day and stays the same smell level ...
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How do I wire a new fan that I'm replacing

We are replacing old fan with a new fan The wall switches: 1 switch for the light in the fan 1 switch for the Fan 1 switch for the fireplace which is not used The wires that come out of the ...
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1answer
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How do I correct variations in stain color/density?

I have stained a desk top and where the stain crosses over the slightly earlier application there is a dark mark. There's no finish on top of the stain. The wood was prepared properly for the stain ...
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What options are available for improving the appearance of a concrete porch?

We have been looking to do something with our entrance patio flooring. We have some options to have it re-layered with concrete, but we would like something that is better looking and have ...
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How do I use hidden deck fasteners without compromising the integrity of the flashing?

I am using hidden deck fasteners which screw in to the joist and then hold the board via a notch in the side of the board, pretty standard I think. This fastener will sit on the ledger to hold the ...
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1answer
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How do I determine/control which heat source is used (heat pump, oil)

I have a heat pump and an oil furnace for backup. How does the HVAC system know when to use the heat pump and when to use the oil furnace? Specifics: I have a Honeywell TH8320U1008 thermostat ...
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1answer
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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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Wiring a switched PIR light outside on 2 core t&e?

My builder has incorrectly fed 2 core and earth from the switch inside to where the light will go outside (and made good). I was planning to buy a outdoor light with a PIR sensor and have the switch ...
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How can I level my bed?

I have a very uneven floor in my bedroom, and a metal bed frame (non-leveling feet), soon to be a wooden bed frame. I'd like to level my bed. What are some good ways to do this? One approach is to ...
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How to attach a new sill to an existing concrete foundation

I have a foundation of block wall. To get it to the correct height I need to put 4" solid block top cap on it and my sill plate on top of the 4" solid top cap. I can fill in the voids in the block ...
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1answer
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Hole in the floor

I bought an older house and it has a rectangle hole in the living room. It is covered with the register and it looks like an intake. I don't fully think it was used as an intake as the furnace is on ...
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Damp smell in basement

I have a gap between outside wall and pavement. Could this be the reason for damp smell in the cellar? If I poured bitumin down said gap, would this help prevent the dampness?
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1answer
373 views

How do I patch a gap between my bathtub and wall?

The wall of my bathtub was cut too short when installed and water leaks to downstairs when I take a shower if it gets into the space between the tub and the wall. My father has tried caulking and even ...
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2answers
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How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?

It's a 70s home and the master bedroom has a wonderfully large closet with a very heavy double-panel sliding door. Beside the obvious drawback that we can't both use it at the same time (opening one ...
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2answers
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Underfloor solar heating

My family has a property in Portugal with a broken old solar water heater mounted on the roof. We've been using the immersion heater instead of the solar panel for a while now, but rising energy costs ...
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How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?

I have to put together an electrical enclosure that includes, some terminal blocks, fuses, a power supply (110-24V,3.2A) all of which will be used to provide power for a series of sensors and ...
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How can I remove oil stains from a concrete floor?

I rented a home, and the garage floor is concrete. It looks like the previous owner had a small car that dripped more oil than it retained. It has been parked on multiple spots, so there are ...

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