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Disconnecting wiring for chandelier

I've previously searched for some advice using Google but I'd like to confirm for my specific situation. It's simple enough to disconnect the chain supporting the chandelier but the wiring is proving ...
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scratch resistant matt black paint spray for chrome taps

I would like to spray paint some chrome taps and other bathroom fittings matt black. I have seen matt black stove and bbq spray that I have heard is pretty tough and has the matt black effect I want. ...
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How to reinforce bowing foundation?

Please note: I am obviously not a tradesman, otherwise I wouldn't be on this site asking this question. However, in five years of home ownership I have: re-roofed my garage, resanded all the hardwood ...
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240v outlet not delivering 240 volts

To spare you all the long version of my two week nightmare: bought a house built in 1976. Hooked up dryer, switched to 3 prong plug. Dryer ran fine, started to smell like burning plastic until it ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Toilet problems

When it rains my toilet will act as if it is going to overflow when flushed. It goes down slowly. I live in the city and the main sewer line is in my front yard. My line connect to the main from my ...
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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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Hardwood floor slat is split/sagging

I recently bought an older home (1895) and have all hardwood floors. In the second floor I have a floorboard that is split and sags as you walk on it. How can this be fixed? Reinforced?
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Two white and two black wires in ceiling box

Im trying to install a replacement light and the box has 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground wires, but my fixture only has one of each. I didn't really pay attention when i was pulling everything apart... ...
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Removing sap from an old railing

I have an old railing that has hard, crystallized sap that has seeped through. I'd estimate it could be 75 years old. How can I remove the sap without damaging the finish?
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filling in gaps in concrete patio

I have several 2" wide by 6' long spaces between the original patio slab and the newer slab that was poured after original construction of the house. The porch is covered so no moisture is getting ...
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How to repair pierced refrigerant line in chest freezer?

My idiot friend was screwing brackets inside an ice cream freezer with self-tapping screws, and one of the screws pierced a copper line containing refrigerant. Apparently it made a crazy hissing sound ...
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lights tripping the electric

My electric keeps tripping. Its the upsairs lighting trip switch and the main trip that goes. Now obviously your automatic thought is maybe a bulb blowing or some such thing, however, it tripped a few ...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running ...
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Rustoleum Epoxy Shield

I put down Valspar Concrete Bonding Primer and next is the Rustoleum Epoxy Shield, Will the epoxy stick since I put down the primer? I etched twice and cleaned with TSP twice.Should I remove the ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing a 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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Inserting a connecting threaded water plastic pipe between two fixed ends

Newbie to plumbing here so please excuse the question if it does not make sense! This morning I removed a length of threaded plastic water pipe that was connected to an elbow at one end and to a "T" ...
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New construction built on frozen ground = house settling 3" from north to south

We are in the process of building a new home. Our foundation and framing guy built through the winter, assuring us that they install wood basements all year. We have a wood basement with a wood floor ...
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Duct static pressure vs ambient air pressure

I've read that air handlers are typically rated for 0.5 iwc. Doing a simple conversion, this comes out to about 125 Pa. Is this with reference to the ambient air pressure? So, if I had an absolute ...
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Installing Crown Molding - Metal Studs

I'm thinking about putting up crown molding in my living room, but the apartment building I live in has steel studs. I've seen people online use the x method of nailing to secure the crown molding to ...
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Weslock deadlatch is stuck

We have a weslock lock on the door to our garage (bought about 2 years ago), and it has gotton stuck. It would not open from the inside or outside. The key turns ok, and even makes the click sound, ...
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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the ...
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Ordering new windows for old house… Wall thickness?

I'm rehabbing a structure from the 1850's. As you can imagine, nothing is square, level or plumb. The walls were originally plaster on top of true 2x4's. I've brought the house down to the studs, ...
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Need Help Connecting Roku to Home Theater System [on hold]

I have an older home theater system with only digital optical in. My new Roku 3 only has HDMI Out. Is there any way of getting digital audio from the Roku to go through the home theater unit? My TV ...
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Stacked stone fireplace

I have a stacked stone fireplace in my dining room with a gas insert. It has two flat stone pieces that extend out further than the rest of the stones that you would use to sit something on. The two ...
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3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?

I am working on sending some cables (RG6, Cat5 and speaker cables) from basement to the attic. This is a typical 2-story house. After reading some posts found over the Internet, I am now considering ...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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rotted soffit, fascia and vented panel

Very large openings to allow water, bird and insects in. No woodworking skills, old and financially not able to repair at this time. Would you suggest a roof tarp to cover all and over the sides, ...
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing walkway?

Parts of our concrete walkway have sunk down over the years, and we want to add a layer of new concrete over it to raise it ~ some areas will be as much as 3" and other areas only 1". What is the ...
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What product should I use to adhere pavers to an old concrete sidewalk?

We want to 'dress' up an old concrete sidewalk with pavers, but don't know if we should adhere them with mortar or some type of adhesive material. Which method would be the most durable in the long ...
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Oven suddenly tripping circuit breaker…bad oven or bad breaker?

We have a double Thermador oven in our house. We've owned the house for around two years, and the oven has worked fine up until the last few weeks. Now, using either of the ovens trips the circuit ...
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What is the best way to fix this garage floor?

I need an educated opinion about how to fix the garage floor shown below. I need the surface to be level and even. As you can see I have two items, a table saw and and work bench that have adjustable ...
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Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working

Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working,I guess its probably short circuited.How can I repair it by myself? What all tools do I need?
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What is this electrical device in my basement?

Is it something to do with the doorbell? House was built in 1947 if that helps.
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How can I prevent my refrigerator door from hitting the wall?

I have a stainless steel counter-depth refrigerator door (LG LFXC24726S). The right wall sticks out a bit further than the frame, and if the right door swings too far, it hits the wall and will ...
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Can I put tape over mold for a temporary fix?

It's on the window seal. I slept with the window open the other night and now I have a sore throat and bad allergies. Could it be the mold?
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Is it normal for a 1" Lawn Sprinkler repair to leak only under pressure?

Using 4 steel radiator like bands, I replaced a section of underground lawn sprinkler black plastic pipe that runs over a septic drain field. Repair couplers do not leak until i press my foot down ...
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Soaking tub on the second floor: safe?

I am considering getting a soaking tub (pdf here) for my second floor master bathroom. However, I am unsure of how much weight the floor and walls below can support. The house itself is wood frame ...
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How do I seperate two 3 way switches to control lights seperately?

I have a porch light and three outside lights along the garage controlled by two three way switches. One switch is inside by the front door and I would like this one to control the front porch light. ...
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Can I move an attic furnace downstairs

I love the single unit HVACs. I hate the unit in the attic - it has leaked so many times. Now that I am ready to replace the attic unit, I was wondering if I could have the same setup as my 1st floor ...
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How do i connect a Commmon wire to Heat Controller Inc air handler?

I swapped out a 24v Honeywell Thermostat for a NEST Thermostat. I followed the Manufacturer instructions for install. Everything was working for a week or so. I recieved an error(pictured below) ...
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Is there a way to diagnose ceiling fan 3 speed switch wires?

I have a Hunter ceiling fan (3 speed with lights, all on one switch) and the pull switch for the fan broke. So, I went to HD and got a replacement switch that looked identical, same volts/amps rating ...
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Cottage roof leaks

In a cottage that is unheated in the winter, snow sits on the eaves trough and when it melts it finds a way to seep into the cottage, run along the rafters and get leak into the living area. How can ...
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top heavy chair/bench [on hold]

OK.I need some help. I make funky Upcycled furniture for a living. I have ran into a problem. I am making this bench/chair thing out of a side table and roots from am old tree. I have the tree root's ...
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How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer?

How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer ? I need it to be aesthetically nice, I need to match the color of the old cement between the bricks.. It looks like below:
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What hinge is this?

Bit of a newbie to DIY here. We've moved in to a house that came with a summer house but the double doors were a bit wonky/wouldn't open easily without breaking in the door. I need to get 4 new ...
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How do I remove teak oil from a granite kitchen counter top?

I mistakenly rubbed teak oil on my granite counter top. How do I remove it without damaging it? Thanks!
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HVAC 3A fuse shorting on cool

I recently came back from a trip, and the thermostat was still working. On turning the AC on, the wall-powered thermostat decided to die. Upon investigating in the attic, I noticed the 3A fuse had ...
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Quarter turn connection for plastic tubes — Design idea request

I'm developing a 3d project using AutoCAD 2013 and I would like to request ideas for a specific problem. It is not for a commercial project. It is about how to connect two hollow plastic pipes using ...
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Should I move this support post in my basement?

I am trying to create a new bedroom in the basement. The first problem I hit is that there is this short concrete "wall" with a post coming out of it. Actually, the post is 3 2x4's joined together. ...

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