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How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?

I would like to fix the problems that are show in the picture below. Basically when it rains the water pools near the corner of my house in the two areas circled in this picture. The result is that ...
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Flood lights and Home Automation

I am trying to incorporate my outdoor flood lights with motions sensors into my home automation system. Specifically, I would like to sense when the lights come on to trigger other home automation ...
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What should I do after a low-voltage wire was cut putting the furnace door back on?

I have the basic Honeywell thermostat that a lot of people have. All the thermostat wires go to the blower in the attic (for the central air). They are spliced with wires that then go to the furnace. ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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How much refrigerant in an average 12 cu. feet freezer?

How much refrigerant goes into a 12 cu.ft chest freezer? On the nameplate it says ______POUNDS ___16___OZ (nothing written in front of pounds) is there really only 16 ounces of refrigerant in those ...
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Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?

I have 18x18 inch square travertine tiles. I would like to know if it is feasible to cut each tile in half and make a herringbone pattern for our bathroom floor. I was planning on using 1/8" grout ...
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12v Led Wiring Problem

I have 2 strips of approximately 200 LEDs in each strip. From the power source I run the negative to the negative on each strip and the positive to a switch. From the switch I run to the positive on ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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Sprinkler valve leaking

My sprinkler valve leaks water as soon it shuts off. By checking online an going to Home Depot first I installed new inside parts, that didn't solve the problem then got told that had to replace the ...
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What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?

On one front burner I have a big problem. I turn it on medium high until my water (or whatever) comes to a boil -- then, I turn it down to low heat (apx #2) -- and then many times, I look at it and ...
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What should I do about my rendering & damp-proof course?

I have a house that was built around 1890 and is of brick construction with a rendered band running around the base which also forms square edged columns around the front door. Until recently the ...
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44 views

When is a table top too heavy for just four legs?

I'm making a coffee table out of an old bowling alley lane and it's 4'x18". I wish I knew exactly what it weighed but it is heavy. It's too heavy for me to move without dragging it - although I'm ...
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When add a new closet in an existing space, should I attach the bottom plate to the flooring or the subfloor?

I am adding a new large closet, 3 walls and a door, in an existing bedroom. Can I attach the baseplate of the new walls directly on the existing oak flooring, or do I need to cut a channel in the oak ...
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How can I replace this lamp socket?

I am trying to replace a single switch lamp socket to a 3 way switch but I am having trouble getting to the wires on the original socket. The terminals where the wires are attached are not visible and ...
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2answers
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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1answer
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How strong are my two ten foot poles?

I have made a bat house and now I have put it up. To do so I purchased two teen foot galvanized steel poles at Home Depot, and attached them together. Where they meet I drilled a hole through the two ...
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Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc

I have just had a new fireplace installed. When the skirting was put in I had my carpenter cut me 2 pieces in preparation for the fireplace. I would love to improve my wood skills so a small project ...
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How can I eliminate home shaking caused by vibration from heavy traffic/poor road condition?

I need your help! I own a house near a state road (trucks, buses are allowed) near Philadelphia. With the bad snow years the past few years, our road condition deteriorated but not so badly (little ...
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77 views

Should I use a timer or motion sensor in my hot water recirculation system?

I want to get a hot water recirculation line added to a house. plumber is proposing a timer to turn on/off the pump. I'm thinking a motion sensor method would be better. are these even common and how ...
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How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting a house that has beautiful wooden venetian blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the ambient night light that is abundant on my street. ...
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1answer
54 views

single sub-panel from 3 phase panel and the main braker size

I have an old 3 phase panel next to a separate single phase 100 amp panel that is being used by one residence. This space has been used as a carpenter shop and an office in the past. Now it is being ...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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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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189 views

How do I install a Rubbermaid closet organizer in a paneled mobile home?

I have a Rubbermaid Configurations closet organizer and have no confidence in the enclosed hardware. I have a mobile home and the walls are all paneled - the studs very difficult to find as well as ...
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90 views

How do I eject a bit from a Wiha 38600 screwdriver?

I just bought this overpriced Wiha 386 screwdriver. It takes a 1/4 bit. It also has a "retaining ring." I put a bit in it, and everything went great. But.. how do I get the bit out of it? I know it ...
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116 views

Bathroom Sink Doesn't Drain (It ISN'T Blocked)

I'm not a plumber but I recently changed the seal between the wall and the drain pipe. Now the water drains extremely slowly from the sink. If I move the drain pipe to allow air in between the seal, ...
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How can I level and finish a slanted deck that was enclosed?

Hello everyone I am new to this so I apologize if I seem a little slow mentally. I have a 104 yr old home that at one point had a deck that was completely enclosed. my issue is that the floor was ...
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1answer
59 views

DIY Floating Desk in New Build Home

Evening all, It's my first time posting so be gentle, I've been reading a fair few of your posts and hope you can answer my question. I've attached a picture of where I would like to build a ...
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How can I trim my pegboard?

I really want to tidy up my tool closet, and step one is getting the pegboard hung back up. I'd like to mount the board on the inside of a closet door, but it is about 2" too wide for that. I've had ...
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1answer
64 views

how do i mount this old Toyo Toki (Toto) sink?

I'd like to use this small sink in a powder room, but can't figure out how it mounts to the wall. There are large holes for lugs at the bottom, but if that's it the sink will tip and crack. Does ...
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1answer
118 views

Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?

My basement is finished and there are signs that I have leaks or some mold. The smell is not very strong but I can feel it for the first few seconds when I enter the basement, after that it instantly ...
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1answer
25 views

Troubleshoot AC issue, no inside blower

I need help troubleshooting Rheem RAHE-036JAS, Armstrong G1N80AU125D20C-1, Honeywell ST9160B 1068 Board, Honeywell SV9520H 8034 Gas Valve. About a week ago, AC and Heat were working fine. After ...
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56 views

electrical issues

I have a light that is operated by two switches. One is upstairs, and the other is down stairs. How can I make the light work by either switch? Currently if I turn the light on down stairs, I cannot ...
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1answer
76 views

Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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20amp ac unit shut off all my power. is a 110 unit lower?

If we use a twenty amp ac window unit in blows out our power. Someone offered me a 110 unit. Does that have lower amps? Ithat lower?
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Turn Lights On/Off Without Having to Hit 3 Switches in One Room

I just moved into a new place and I'm having an interesting lighting problem in one of my rooms. I've looked at a few things on the internet, but my lack of experience in this matter makes me feel ...
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1answer
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Garbage disposal wiring

I've installed a new disposal on it's own 20A circuit with a wall switch, everything works fine... no problems. I was told it needs to be a GFCI receptacle. What say you?
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question on the roof structure of my garage

This is a follow-up question on how to carry 20ft lumbers to home. Thanks for the advices and comments. I learned a lot. :) Because the question is now diviated from the original question, I made a ...
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Do you think this tempered glass desk will hold my 50.6lbs computer?

I purchased this Techni Mobili L-shaped tempered glass desk up. The manual says each glass piece can hold 80lbs. My computer weighs in at 50.6lbs and is currently resting on the corner edge of the ...
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2answers
132 views

What are the possible reasons I am not getting cold air from my air conditioner?

my heat pump outside is working but my central air conditioning/heating unit in the garage makes a hissing sound or faint sound of water running. There is air coming from the vents. The very last time ...
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When is a variable-speed compressor HVAC unit worth the cost?

Surprise, its summer and our AC broke down. We were quoted prices for installation of the current standard (SEER 14) AC units (about $6500 unit cost and installation) vs Trane's SEER 18 AC units ...
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1answer
78 views

Spray Foam Insulation Health Concerns - Alternative Spray Foam Products

I am looking to gather facts (although I am sure there will be a fair amount of opinions) about spray foam insulation and the health concerns associated with the install and everyday living. I mainly ...
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1answer
48 views

Flow rate of water in a gutter system

I am attempting to build a waterfall out of a gutter system. I currently have an awning that is 72" by 48" with 3" high (tentatively) buffers on each side to keep the water from flowing off. The ...
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1answer
17 views

Exhaust fan hook up. I only have black and white from source. Please help

I am trying to hook up a ceiling exhaust fan. I am going to run 2 switches, light and fan separate. The line in power from box is just 14 ga blk and white. My house was built in 60s. I don't know how ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the maximum angle I can set my window AC unit?

We know an AC unit must be angled to allow runoff. But what is the maximum angle and what is the issue with having to large of an angle? I've seen people say the angle is "5/16" or "3/16" but this is ...
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1answer
719 views

How do I replace a Zanussi washing machine's front door seal?

I have a zanussi jet system 1200, model wjd1257w. It is a washing and drying machine. It leaks water, I guess at the spin cycle or perhaps before it. I searched and found out that it could be either ...
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6answers
749 views

was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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2answers
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Adding a utility sink drain to the main to the main cast iron stack

I need to add a utility sink and the drain would connect directly into my main stack (see attached picture). Is it possible to add a connection to the main cast iron stack, without cutting out a ...

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