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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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I have an exterior water tap for a garden hose that needs new caulking

I noticed that the caulking around my outside water tap was beginning to deteriorate and crack. I removed the old caulking to find that the builder had filled the gap where the pipe goes into the ...
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How do I vertically connect two 4x4s on a deck to build a roof?

I have a deck I am going to put a roof over. It has 4x4s for vertical supports that I need to extend upward to attach my trusses to. What is the best way to connect two vertical 4x4s?
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What size posts for elevated Kids play house?

I'm building an elevated kid's play house. The raised platform will be 6' - 8' off the ground. The platform will be 8' x 10', the house will take up half of the platform and maybe less. I'm planning ...
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How do I stop my under cabinet light plastic covers from falling down

In our kitchen, we have under cabinet lights. The plastic covers keep falling down. The covers click into place just fine. But after a few days they fall down. Is there a way to secure them? ...
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2answers
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What's the proper way to fill this hole?

Recently a dip formed in our flooring inside our sports performance training facility. We discovered that the concrete job there had a good number of stones in it, and I believe that it was that ...
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2answers
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How should I apply ambient air temperature ampacity correction factors when exact temperature is unknown?

Is there a good method or rule of thumb for determining ambient air temperature for wire runs through non-climate controlled areas in residential applications (e.g. attics -- I've read literature from ...
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2answers
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Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?

I connected a ceiling Fan to my En-Suit, and ever since that night, my Bedroom and kitchen lights are switching on and off at irregular intervals. But the fan is getting power from a circuit breaker ...
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How do I clean up white dust and spots “blooming” on rubber?

I have a number of designer rubber hooks of varying colors hanging from the wall. The black and red hooks have white spots all over them. I have read that this whiteness appearing on the rubber over ...
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How can I make my garage door quieter?

My garage door is loud. I didn't realize this until I visited a friend who has a garage door that's nearly silent. He says he has a belt-driven door opener and nylon door wheels, while I have ...
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1answer
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Any recommendations on joists for weight bearing?

I am building a room (14 x 25) in my barn. I intend to stack hay on the top of the ceiling of this room. The estimated weight of the hay is 24,000 pounds. The joists will run the 14' length. What ...
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putting concrete footer with slab

I am going to install a pavilion on a concrete slab. I was wondering, if I install 4 ft concrete footers, should the top of the column be flush with the top of the slab to be poured, or the column be ...
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How to tile a “wet room” style bathroom?

I have 2 rectangular bathroom that are buing built in a wet room style (curbless open shower, drain in blue with all edges sloping towards it, see below). It was already properly sloped and now we ...
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Faced or unfaced insulation in floor above unconditioned crawlspace?

I'm insulating my floor. I live in a dry climate with cold winters and R-30 is recommended. I am insulating from below so cannot staple the facing paper. What is typical for this application? ...
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2answers
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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1answer
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Where should I connect the C wire in my furnace, trying to upgrade my thremostat?

I am upgrading my thermostat to a Honeywell Wifi one, and would like to add a common wire. My current furnace controller has 3 blue wires at the 24 v end of the transformer. Which of these (blue) ...
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2answers
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How do I fix a leaking garden hose connection?

I just moved to a new house last week. Today I tried connecting several garden hoses to the both spigots. Each combination of hose and spigots leaked water (more like sprayed) below the connection ...
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1answer
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Starter for fluorescent light fell in water

I was fiddling around with the starter switch for the fluorescent light and it fell into water. Will it still work after it dries? What kind of damage can there be?
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Can the high efficiency washing machine drain into the kitchen waste stack?

newbie here. We live in a condo that is the third floor of a converted Victorian home (there are two units below us). We have in-unit laundry - a stacked high-efficiency washer and dryer (both front ...
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Sub-floor trouble in bathroom

I have to rip out a rotted section of sub-floor in a handicapped bathroom. It's 3/4 in. osb with 1/4 in. plywood on top. The contractors that had built this apartment just 4 years ago put no cement ...
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2answers
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Foundation drainage: try interior first and then exterior?

My wife and I are closing on a home. During the initial walkthroughs of the basement, it was clear that there was a moisture problem there, but I don't think it was clear to either of us how severe ...
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1answer
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Is some asymmetry in a breaker box normal? What about neutral to ground having voltage?

So, next in my quest to evaluate the health of my new home's electrical system, and call in professionals if needed, was some voltage checking of the panels/outlets around the house. What I have is a ...
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0answers
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What load rating for securing bookcases/cabinets with anchors?

I have two full-height bookcases that I want to anchor to a concrete wall. Unfortunately I think I have only 3/4" max. embedment because of pipes, etc. I can only find two anchor options, a #6-3/4" ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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3answers
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How to drill a groove to the side of a plywood board?

I want to drive a cable up a cupboard. The shelves are too long to simply put the cable behind them, so I want to create an indentation in the removable shelves. I do not own a drill press, and I do ...
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0answers
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What could cause a 5 ton Goodman packaged unit on the roof to turn on and off randomly?

With the thermostat on cool and manual the unit (fan + compressor) will turn on sometimes right away, and sometimes after hours. Then it'll run for either minutes or hours before turning off, either ...
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How do I ensure the bathroom door stays open unless someone is inside?

When my windows are open, the wind can slam the bathroom door shut. I don't want this to happen when my cat is in the doorway (dead cat), or inside the bathroom with no one home (locked in with ...
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1answer
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How to install multiple individual led strips?

I have started my final year in interior design and I really want to buy some LED strip lighting to light up my scale models to give them a much more lifelike appearance for photos. I wouldn't really ...
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1answer
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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1answer
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Convert main panel to a sub-panel (to install hot-tub)?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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1answer
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Weight bearing glass furniture

I've seen some furniture (beds, tables, media units) that are made of wood but sit on glass legs. See this bed with glass legs. The glass legs are usually rectangular and appears to be double ...
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1answer
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Patch hole in skirting board

I've had my Victorian flat rewired and this involved moving electrical sockets from the skirting boards (baseboards) leaving rectangular holes in the wood. Is it possible to patch these and repaint or ...
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1answer
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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1answer
162 views

What voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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1answer
390 views

How to Replace Exterior Door & Casing in Old House

My house is about 100 years old. The door jamb is about 10" wide. I've replaced a few doors before, but all of them had standard jams. I'm not sure how to go about replacing this. I'm assuming I need ...
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Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)

Renovating my basement and I have 3 doors to install. Planning to install 2 prehung doors in the first 2 locations (2x4 walls with drywall on both sides). Not sure what to do about the 3rd. It will ...
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1answer
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Muting PC audio when doorbell rings

So the setup is as follows. I've got one of those wireless doorbells in which the button is powered by a 9V battery and is stickied to the door and the sound comes from a speaker plugged in a wall ...
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Insulating/preventing heat transfer on non-IC rated recessed lights

I recently bought a black and decker thermal leak detector and discovered that my recessed lights upstairs are leaking a lot of heat and causing the upstairs to be uncomfortable and hard to cool. ...
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1answer
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Replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a 3 wire tandem setup

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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2answers
158 views

Hiding rain drain pipe below the sidewalk

I have a 100mm pipe (4") that comes under the garage ramp and outputs the rain water to the street. My problem is that I couldn't have the pipe goes straight to the street because of the slope needed, ...
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0answers
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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9answers
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Is there a significant benefit to using plastic window insulation year round?

In order to help save more money and funnel more of those savings to debts, I'm looking for more ways to save money. I've heard that puting plastic window insulation over single-pane windows ...
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1answer
440 views

How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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2answers
384 views

Closing off Cold Storage Room

We have a relatively new house (built in 2002) with a cold storage room under the poured concrete porch. There is a door with full weatherstripping leading to it. We'd really like to close it off ...
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2answers
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Why does my dishwasher detergent get stuck?

My dishwasher isn't working like it's supposed to. Everything seems to be working fine, but then after the machine stops, I open the door and see that my glasses and plates are suspiciously grimy. ...
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7answers
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How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?

I'm looking for advice as to how best obtain a straight line between the wall and ceiling which are both textured. I've seen some new homes where the painter masks about 1/8-1/4 inch down the wall ...
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1answer
93 views

Whirlpool Duet front-loading washer won't spin

I have a Whirlpool Duet front-loading washer. Sometimes it stops and won't spin then displays code F02. Usually turning it off for an hour and restarting solves the problem but not tonight. When I ...
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Is this a Direct Vent Water Heater?

My contractor asked me to choose a direct vent water heater and have it delivered. I (generally) understand the difference between direct vent and power vent, having read up on how they both work. ...
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1answer
97 views

Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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3answers
647 views

How to polish Corian countertop?

I have a Corian countertop that has seen many years of wear and tear. I'd like to sand and polish it however the instructions that came with the countertop recommend Hope's Countertop Polish as the ...

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