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Can we apply formica directly to bare sheetrock?

Can Formica be applied directly to bare sheetrock? If it can, which adhesive is best to use? We want to apply it to the walls around a toilet in an unfinished basement setting.
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Can I use existing telephone wire as a pull for new cables?

I am moving into a new home shortly, built in the 1990s, and it has telephone jacks with POTS wiring that I do not plan on using. Ideally, I would love to run twisted pair cabling where the telephone ...
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How do I repair a glass cooker hob (glass top stove)?

We have a glass cooker hob (glass top stove) where the black glass has chipped at one edge. Is there a repair system that will hide the damage? I am looking for something that is gloss block that ...
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mounting a hand held shower bracket to drywall

I need to mount a vertical rod that will hold a handheld shower head. There are two brackets. The lower one will go into the fiberglass shower stall. No sheet rock behind it, no stud. The water ...
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Can VCT Tiles be applied directly over vinyl sheet flooring?

The current bathroom floor has intact sheet vinyl, and we want to put checkerboard VCT tile down. Can the tiles be glued directly over the top of the sheet vinyl or do they need to be directly glued ...
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What could be causing vibration in my furnace?

I have a vibraton in furnace only when flame is lit. Blower motor seems fine. Is this vibration normal? Recently replaced inducer motor. Heat exchanger has been replaced once. Does not appear to be ...
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window sill

I have a small gap (2mm) under the window sill that is causing some draft to come inside the house. I have attempted to correct this using the Ge Silicone Caulk, but the draft continues to come in. ...
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How can I repurpose this futon? (pictures attached) [on hold]

I have a futon that I don't want anymore. The wood looks nice enough that I would like to use it to build something else and I'm looking for ideas.
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Can I change a 240 volt 40 amp outlet for an oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlets?

I am installing two wall ovens that each require 20 amp 240 volt outlets. I currently have wired for a single 40 amp 240 outlet. To convert without pulling new wire from the panel can I put in a sub ...
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Trouble finding studs in garage

I have a new house, and the garage shares a wall with an interior wall... trying to hang a pull up bar on it, so I need to find the studs. I took pictures of the house as it was being built, but all ...
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Rim Joist Insulation without a Sill Plate

I've seen a few similar questions but the answers don't add up... I would like to use some rigid foam insulation to insulate my rim joists. Here is the problem: everything I have seen shows putting ...
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How should I install a digital timer?

I am attempting to replace a single pole light switch for the outside garage light with a digital timer as there no street lights. It is located in a two gang box which has another switch that ...
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How do I know if a ceiling fan with light and the switch are wired correctly?

There was a old ceiling fan with light and remote in a bedroom of my house that didn't work. It also had a switch with 2 knobs that pushed in and turned labeled motor control and 300 w perm instld ...
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Is there any harm in using shorter shelf brackets with a deeper shelf?

I'm planning on installing Ikea shelves mounted on wall brackets (using the Antonius system). Until recently there were Antonius shelves 14 3/8 inches deep, but now they've disappeared, leaving only ...
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Help wiring a 3 switch box in my bathroom

I have a 3 switch box and the bottom switch that controls the heater was broken so I replaced it and I can't remember how to wire it, tried 10-15 combinations and it still doesn't work, not sure how. ...
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How to cover an open/exposed wire fast and safe for a long period?

I have a 3 pin socket on the wall that is broken and I'm going to fix it. And while at that, I also want to fix the wall (re-cement it and paint it again). After I dismantle the socket, the 3 wires ...
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What could cause the blower in my furnace to come on?

Ok my blower just turned on, my propane furnace and it's not in operation due it being summer. My thermostat is set at 65 and the room temp is 78. The heater never actually fired it was only the ...
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How does this 1 wire to 2 fixtures & 2 switches work? Is it safe?

I am cleaning up my basement and came across an open junction in a closet between 2 adjacent rooms; I will call them "paint room" and "radio room". I know open junctions are not good so after turning ...
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What can I do about my deteriorating basement floor with a large hole that seems to go right through to clay?

We live in 90 year old house with an unfinished basement. I've been working on removing a lot of the crap that the previous owner did, and removing a lot of concrete debris. Then I ran into this ...
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Touch Lamps Misbehaving

I am rewiring my house with major upgraded wire. I am installing #12 armorflex wiring and conforming to commercial code. Yes, I know most people use romex for houses, but I have seen plenty of attics ...
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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How do I clean backsplash tiles to reuse them?

I'm repairing a damaged bathroom due to a flood and I want to reuse the backsplash tile. I have the grout removed from the tile, but how do I get the old mastic off or is that necessary?
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How can I clean the condenser coils on my Maytag freezer

The freezer part of the refrigerator in my kitchen is warm and I've come to realize the coils are quite dusty. But Maytag (and, I guess, Whirlpool) freezers don't have flat coils that I can easily ...
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Mirra Chair creaking/noisy on recline

[NOTE: this question is already answered, mods asked that I moved it off the workplace stackexchange] I have a new Herman Miller Mirra chair. I love it and do not want to return it, but it makes ...
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What reasons are there to rewire an ungrounded circuit instead of adding GFCI protection?

The NEC allows replacing non-grounding-type (2-prong) receptacles with grounding-type (3-prong) receptacles by adding GFCI protection at the breaker or first outlet. What reasons might there be for ...
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How does this 50 year old shower 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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Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?

I've tried finding a definitive answer but it's far more common for folks to have block walls in basements that need to be furred out, so the information deals primarily with that and I believe this ...
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Why is half of my house without power with no flipped breakers?

The master bedroom and middle bedroom of my 3 bedroom mobile home is without power. None of the breakers have flipped. I even changed the breaker that controls that part of the house and my ceiling ...
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4 way switch controls two outlets and one overhead light oppositely [on hold]

In my foyer I I have one three way switch for a light fixture at the top of the steps. There is another at the top of the steps. These work fine. I have a third switch that had two neutral and two ...
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How to add a C wire to an old Lennox system

I'm trying to utilize a spare wire as my C wire for my new thermostat. A lot of what I've read online assumes you have these simple, lettered terminals in your furnace. However, that's not the case in ...
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What could be causing my underground well house to flood?

My underground well house (roughly 10' underground) filled up with water during August. My pressure tank is in this underground concrete box. Once all water was pumped out, well drillers replaced ...
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What could cause a clicking sound in an underfloor heating controller?

I have a underfloor heating system installed in my apartment. Each room has a Uponor T-37 thermostat, hooked up to C-35 controller. The system is about four years old and recently I have noticed a ...
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LED lights with a dimmer stay dim and won't go bright again

I have a chandelier with five lamps. I brought an LED compatible dimmer and changed out the switch for the dimmer. I brought five dimable LED bulbs. The bulbs and dimmer worked for a little while, but ...
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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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What could cause fluorescent lights to sporadically not come on?

My kitchen has 9 26W fluorescent can lights (not CFLs - they have external ballasts). Often when I turn the switch on, particularly after they've been off for at least several minutes, about 4 of ...
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Getting melted Tupperware and Play-Doh out of an oven

A child has managed to melt a Tupperware container full of Play-Doh to the bottom of an oven. How might I clean such a mess and get the oven back into operation? Though desirable, replacing the oven ...
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Inconsistent Garage Door Open Remotes

We have a single garage door with an opener and two remotes. We get extremely inconsistent results with both remotes (a change of batteries does not fix). When we leave in the morning and we're right ...
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concrete moisture

We bought a house a little over a yr ago. The old carport had been converted into a den,it had musty dirty carpet so we ripped it out. Big problem we live in West Tennessee high humidity. The room ...
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What could be the source of an intermittent, unlocatable rotten egg smell?

This has happened a few times since I moved into my current house about a year ago; every once in a while, I'll get a faint, brief whiff of rotten egg smell that I am unable to locate. Then, after a ...
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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada

I am in the middle of a complete main floor bathroom gutting and re-finish job in my house in CANADA.. and WINTER IS COMING!!!! THE BACKGROUND (pics below): My bathroom is 5'x 13' in a bungalow with ...
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Should I use cement board or green board behind the walls of a neo angle shower?

I purchased a neo angle shower and I am installing it on the second floor of my house. I have the pan down and I am ready to drywall. which is safer to use, cement board or green board behind the ...
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How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?

I have a rectangular patio which I would like to drain toward one of its corners. Is there any subtlety that the installer needs to know in order to create a proper grade for this? Do you need to ...
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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Dual relay motion sensor, only one relay active?

I have a bathroom with a fan and a light in it, the light is on one switch and the fan on another. Since the fan was an add on, they were put in a single gang box with two switches. I want to make ...
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New GFI receptacle will not reset after connecting load wires

I am replacing an old receptacle with a new GFI unit. There are a total of three outlets and a light fixture on this circuit. Everything was working beforehand, but I am putting a small refridgerator ...
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Merge two ceiling light fixtures into one with two wall switches

I have two ceiling light fixtures on two separate wall switches that I would like to merge into one light fixture controlled by the two separate wall switches. Do I just make one of the wall ...
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Recommended loads for expansion plugs using different screw diameters

Standard expansion plugs S 8 (drill hole diameter d0 = 8 mm) are suitable for wood and chipboard screws with diameters from 4.5 mm to 6 mm. Using a wood screw with a diameter of 6 mm, the highest ...
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Do USB sockets draw power when not in use?

I would like to replace a couple of electrical outlets in my house with ones that have USB sockets. My concern is that they will continually draw power, even when I don't have a phone plugged in to ...
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How to catch smart mice that avoid anything that remotely looks like a trap?

We've had mice since last year (maybe even the year before) and they seem to have smartened up after successfully using snap traps the first time we noticed them. We probably caught at most 10 and I'm ...

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