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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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ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

So my 2 year old flushed flashlight down the toilet a couple weeks ago, and now its starting to clog. It worked fine at first, so I thought that maybe it went all the way down, but I've been having to ...
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0answers
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How can I calibrate my bar type thermostatic shower mixer?

I have fitted a bar type thermostatic shower mixer, which is either red hot or stone cold. The mixer has blue/cold on the left and red/hot on the right. The plumbing is the same way round. I've been ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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1answer
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What does a slow beep mean from a Klein non contact tester?

I am using a Klein non contact voltage detector and when the power is switched on I get a fast steady beep. And when I switch the breaker off I get a slow beep. Does this mean I am safe to cut the ...
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1answer
28 views

How do GFCI breakers behave on two wire circuits?

Will a GFCI breaker nuisance-trip if a three prong outlet has a jumper between ground and neutral on an old two wire system?
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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1answer
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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Can I use a cord and plug to power a wall sconce?

I have a wall sconce that my wife really likes and wants installed on an interior brick wall. The sconce she purchased is designed to sit on top of a wall box that has been prewired. I don't want to ...
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0answers
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Why won't the brake release the drum (tub) in my Simpson 950 Eziset?

When a full cycle is first started there is no "click" and the tub no longer turns as the machine does its "little bit of water here and a little bit there" routine before commencing the wash cycle. ...
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0answers
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Switch and constant power combo on the outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box frok two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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2answers
108 views

Have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan. What is safe way to cap it?

I have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan attached. Now the wires are dangling out of the box (all are wire nutted to keep separate except the ground). If I go to and get a ...
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0answers
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All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit

The central AC in our apartment is not working effectively in the summer; we are running the AC continuously for 14 hours a day to keep the temperature below 80 degrees. As you can imagine, our ...
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5answers
63k views

How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

My husband is installing a new deck with pressure-treated lumber at our home in Tennessee. How long does he need to wait to paint, or should he stain the deck now?
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2answers
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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4answers
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Troubleshooting a garage door/opener that “catches” and re-opens when wet

My garage door and opener work reasonably well most of the time -- hot weather or cold. Sometimes when it rains, though, the door "catches" a little bit, at about 2 feet from the ground, and it is ...
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1answer
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Sprinkler repair situation

I have two (hopefully small) repairs that I need to do for my system. Luckily most of it is in a control box, so it is easy to get at. Here's the setup: At the top was a valve that was broken, and ...
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2answers
76 views

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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2answers
851 views

Is it feasible to cover low-pile carpet with a 1/4" subfloor and vinyl tile in a kitchen?

Scenario: I'm the owner of a multi-unit 2 story apartment. The people living up and down are cousins to each other and are in the process of switching apartments -- long story, don't ask. The upstairs ...
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0answers
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What is a good option for raising my kitchen sink?

We just moved in to a new-to-us house (build in 1986), and I feel like the kitchen sink is "too" low. I've just learned that "standard" counter height is 36 inches; I measure 35 1/4" from the floor to ...
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1answer
9 views

Question about end caps on Pex lines for Washer in new house

I just purchased a new home and the washer and dryer are in the basement, I plan to learn how to run pex soon although only know a little about it now. I went to go hookup my washer today and there ...
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2answers
89 views

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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0answers
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GE Portable Dishwasher occasionally doesn't drain

I've got a portable GE dishwasher, about 3 years old. Every 6 or so runs it seems the machine does not completely drain between cycles. After it beeps to say it's done I open the door and the bottom ...
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0answers
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hanging top mount solid wood closet doors

I have 138F johnson bypass sliding closet door hardware. I bought two 30inch solid wood doors and they are top mount and comes with 4 #12 1-1/4 long screws per door. The door feels like it weighs ...
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1answer
128 views

What is this bathroom basin tap connection and can I replace it myself?

A few months back I had a problem with the cold tap in my upstairs bathroom — no water would come out after turning it on. I also noticed that the flexible tap hose underneath the basin was damp and ...
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1answer
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Whirlpool top load washer leaks during spin cycles

From bottom middle front. Continues dripping water after it stops and the tub is empty. Totally saturates 3 thick large bath towels.
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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5answers
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Should I run laminate continuously through rooms, or separate with T moulding?

I am installing laminate flooring in an area that has two bedrooms and a living area. The bedrooms are about 150 sq ft each and the living space is around 250 sq ft. --------------- ...
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0answers
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Need to fix the grading of my backyard: remove the sod or turn it over?

I want to fix the grading of my backyard. I think that I have two options: a) remove the sod, grade the soil and put the sod back AND b) use a rototiller (rent it from HomeDepot) and turn the old sod ...
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0answers
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Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?

My garage is about 20" x 24" and I have made attic in the Garage by adding plywood, insulation & sheet-rock, It is nicely done and as soon I finish this project, i realize, i do not any ...
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1answer
82 views

What wire type & size for sub-panel in a shed?

I need to install a sub-panel in a shed. Total run distance from main panel to sub-panel is 80 ft and includes three 90 degree turns. Burial distance will be 18". I'm thinking to install a 60-amp ...
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1answer
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What could cause my in-wall air conditioner to blow 3 power boards?

I've had my house for nearly two years, and suddenly my in-wall air conditioner stopped working. I replaced the main power board, and it worked again...for a week. I replaced the main power board ...
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1answer
63 views

DIY Deck Stripper Formula

I'm stripping latex off my second story deck (8x38). I've stripped approximately a 12x8' section using 2 gal of Jomax Stain & Finish Deck Stripper. (This should have been enough to do 200 sqft ...
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1answer
13 views

replacing a light switch with a dimmer

I am replacing a single 3 light track style fixture in our kitchen with an Ikea track that will better light the space. Opening the switch box up this afternoon I saw that the wiring is a little ...
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0answers
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UK to East European shower pipe converter

I bought an UK shower while doing my refurbishment of the flat in Latvia. Unfortunately, only after the tiles and pipes were installed the plumber told us that the UK shower "doesn't fit". This is ...
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1answer
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sawing a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together

I am in the process of trying to figure out how to cut out a heart shape from wainscoting that has been nailed together. I want to leave the nailed wainscoting in tact. What power tool should I use? ...
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1answer
629 views

What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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1answer
470 views

how to remove a stuck shower handle?

I have a shower faucet "mixet" temperature handle that I can't remove. I have have the screw out but the knob won't come off. How do I get it off with out breaking, or pulling apart the pipes? If it ...
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0answers
9 views

Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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0answers
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1answer
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How are thermal (fire) barriers installed over foam insulation in a crawlspace?

I will soon be sealing my crawlspace with plastic sheeting across the floor and up the concrete walls. I plan on then adding rigid foam insulation. My reading of the Residential Code is that I will ...
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3answers
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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2answers
80 views

Why do I have to start my furnace manually every morning?

The oil furnace works fine all day and evening, then overnight I have the programmable thermostat lower the temperature at 11pm. But every morning at 5am when the thermostat tries to turn the ...
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0answers
8 views

Sizing a small pump for an outdoor shower

I'm trying to throw together a design for an outdoor shower project. I have a remote vacation property - no public water, no public sewer, electric via generator - and have decided longer weekends / ...
2
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2answers
2k views

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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1answer
42 views

How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart?

I am currently trying to make a cylinder out of chipboard(the cardboard that notebooks are typically made out of). However, whenever I try to bend it, parts of the chipboard start to tear. How do I ...
0
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2answers
140 views

What is the easiest way to “detect” electrical installations (wires in wall)

I'm starting to redecorate a small flat soon, and would like to make some changes as to the electrical installations in it (would like to install pipes for some cables, if possible; would like to ...
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votes
2answers
97 views

How do I prep my houses exterior cement walls for painting?

My house exterior walls are cement - how do I prep it before painting? Here's some photos. I'm thinking maybe a pressure washer but would prefer an easier, less messy alternative if available. I read ...
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1answer
21 views

How can you stop dual pocket doors so they close in the center and do not come off the track

New pocket doors installed, but if you close the doors and maybe one is beyond the center, it comes off the track. What can be done to stop the doors in the center?

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