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Dripping sound behind the walls

We have the problem with the dripping sound. Whenever we turn on the hot or cold water on in bathroom on the first or second floor, we can hear the dripping sound behind the wall. Usually lasts 5 min ...
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New bathroom installed

I have just had a new bathroom installed and the plumber has not put any rubber or nylon seals between the basin and bath taps that are placed on ceramic fixtures. Should there be seals between ? ...
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Should I be worried about tears in my foundation wrap?

I recently moved into a newly built house in an area still in construction. My house was completed before my immediate neighbours. While they were excavating, they took large chunks of our foundation ...
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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117 views

How do I safely install a mirror on an Ikea Besta door?

I have a Besta unit for shoe storage. It makes sense for us to put a mirror in that room, and the door seems a good spot. The door itself is about 25" x 50". Standard Ikea Tofta pressboard door with ...
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1answer
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How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
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What should I look for in a Whole House Fan

I see a lot of variance in the prices of whole house fans in the market, and not a lot of clarity or comparison between vendors and models. We're looking to buy some to install in our newly purchased ...
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Why does my whirlpool ice maker make ice, quit for several weeks, then start again?

I have a Whirpool side-by-side with an in door ice dispensing system. I have been having an issue with the ice maker for some time now. I thought the ice maker was defective because it would make ...
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What is this cylinder looking thing in the drain line?

The house is 1950. There is a round cylinder in the drain line with a cap. under the floor is where it is located. What is this called and can I get it out of the drain system?
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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How to get rid of mold on drywall

This bedroom was converted from a garage attached to the house. There's some black mold where the bed used to be. What's the best way to get rid of it?
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Roofing solution for “dead valley,” where one plane goes into side wall?

Problem I am reworking my roof on the front of my house. The previous roof had been leaking down the corner of the house where the garage and porch roofs come together. The previous roof had a sort ...
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2answers
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Can I wire 3-way switches so that when they are both in the same orientation the light will be off?

I replaced my 3-way switches. Is it possible to have either switch shut the light off, by pulling down on the toggles Either switch does shut the light off, but then one toggle is up, and the other ...
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278 views

What could cause low hot water pressure only in the line to one shower?

In my house I have a water pressure issue: Pressure is fine everywhere except for the hot water supply to the second floor shower There is another shower in the basement that has good water pressure ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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1answer
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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1answer
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How should I wire an exterior light where there's a load bearing post in the way?

I'd like to put an exterior light fixture between my two garage doors. The spot where it "belongs" has a post made of six (!) sistered 2x4s in the wall (presumably supporting the headers for the ...
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1answer
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Problem with GU10 LED bulbs tripping out power

I have had some re-plastering and re-decorating work done in my kitchen. I had a new light fixture installed which takes 6 GU10 type bulbs. When the light fixture was first installed I placed 6 LED ...
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Security for Outswinging Door (Patio) Not Sliding door

I live on the 1st floor (Ground floor) in an apartment complex. The door opens outside into the patio not inside to the apartment. How do I secure the door while we are inside the apartment? Any ...
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1answer
18 views

Can I add another cable to this 3-gang electrical box?

I have a 3-gang metal (ca. 1980, three boxes with removable sides) electrical box that currently has 4 NM cables entering it; at least 3 of them are 12/3, the 4th is either 12/3 or 14/3. All four ...
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1answer
10 views

Waste pipe connector identification

I've purchased a dishwasher supposedly with exact same dimensions as the previous however swapping out hasn't been as straightforward as I imagined. The issue is a waste pipe, ever so slightly in the ...
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1answer
72 views

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base? I see various standards quoted such as IP66. Would this be ...
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My water line won't disconnect from toilet

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line in stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "Glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?
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What could be causing my furnace burners to fire up, then shut off due to partially open door?

I have a 10 year old Carrier gas furnace that keeps shutting off every 24-48 hrs. First I thought it might be the flare sensor but then I checked the bottom door and it wasn't completely closed. I ...
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3-way switch for light with fan controlled by switch built into fan. Odd wiring layout. Wiring assistance required

My electrician and I have parted ways. This has resulted in my having to finish off various projects. I have managed to get 2/3 lights operating the way they were intended. However, I am having ...
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1answer
482 views

How to add a 'c' wire common wire to this system

I have a galaxy cast iron gas boiler and i'm trying to determine where to attach the 'c' wire on the furnace for my new wifi thermostat. The cable is an 18/5 but is only using 2 of 5 wires currently. ...
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Looking for a practical way to find the metal posts locations in finished walls

I am looking for a practical way to find metal posts location in a finished basement walls or finished ground floor walls. I am trying to understand how my house was built. I would like to remove a ...
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Installing gas logs using flex pipe

I want to install gas logs into existing fireplace. The crawl space is horrible. Years ago I ran galvanized 1.25" main piping from outside gas meter into garage where water heater, furnace, and dryer ...
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1answer
38 views

Help on Vinyl floors

I had a new vinyl floor put around 8 months ago. There is a square in the middle where it has damaged the floor. It is in the middle of the kitchen floor. Is there anything I can do to make this look ...
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what is air permeability of silicone caulk?

What is the air permeability rating of silicone caulk? (say, GE Silicone II). I see that at building science there is a listing of various building materials and their permeability ratings, but it ...
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1answer
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What could be wrong with my dryer timer?

Mom's dryer timer quit working a while ago and I told her not to leave it with time on, but she did anyways ("If you turn it to zero it will never turn back on!") Now, if the timer is turned to any ...
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Can i salvage this toilet flange?

Photo is below. The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of concrete and ...
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1answer
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Please help establishing a C wire for new tstat

I bought a new WiFi tstat as a replacement. The tstat controls my second floor hot water baseboard heat and my central air conditioning. I've located all the wires....the ones coming up from the ...
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Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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1answer
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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1answer
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What shape/bends should a bathroom sink drain pipe have to generally comply with US code and avoid clogs?

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I think this question might be related to Under bathroom sink piping (exposed) but my question is more general so I decided to post it separately. I'm in the middle of a ...
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Electric Range not heating bake or broiler elements

I own a Frigidaire ES510 (Model GLEFM397DQA) electric range that will not heat the bake or broiler elements. The bake and broiler elements have no visible signs of wear. The stove top operates ...
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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 do need one to keep an constant ambient temperature range. This may mean A/C during the day, and heat at ...
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472 views

Hot water doesn't come out of faucet right away and makes banging noise when it does

This happens on every faucet in the house. Sometimes, when you first turn on the hot water, it comes out (just the pressure in the line) and then it runs slow and stops. Then, a banging noise happens ...
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What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?

We currently have pergo installed in our kitchen/dining room and have had it for a number of years - no complaints. We are now faced with the issue of pulling up carpet in the living room/hall as it ...
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Can you add a cable connector in knockouts in a breaker box after the wires are already in place?

A sub-panel has a cable of three 12 gauge wires for HVAC coming into the box through a big knock out hole. The HVAC people did not put a connector on the cable. Is there a connector designed to be ...
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What factors are important when selecting a rotary tool?

I'm fairly new to the DIY scene, so to say that my working knowledge of any power tool is minimal is an understatement! I'm currently embarking on a DIY project that requires cutting acrylic boards, ...
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1answer
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A professional to test asbestos safety in furnace ducts

We live in a rented house with an old furnace duct system (probably 1960's). There is asbestos-containing duct-wrap all around the ducts, and it starts to crumble in some places (it's located in the ...
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2answers
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problem with hot water tank

My hot water tank has a lot of corrosion on both hot and cold water connections on the top of the tank. Also, it looks like the water is causing the top of the tank near an inlet it looks like the ...
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1answer
420 views

What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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1answer
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Can I connect an additional wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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Is circulate central heating going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting cenral heating? [on hold]

Is circulate central heating setting going to keep my rooms warm or auto setting on central heating? My kids rooms are freezing and they aren't on top of garages!!!
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?

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