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Foundation for structure on bedrock

We have the mixed blessing of a giant swath of exposed Canadian Shield on our property in Ontario. Literally a big flat area of exposed rock, no soil whatsoever. Scale is hard to see, but a ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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Can baseboards be used in one pipe steam heating system?

I just switched to natural gas and had a new Weil-McLain steam boiler installed. (I originally had an oil boiler with steam heat.) It is a one pipe system and I have the old style radiators, except ...
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How can open Gustavsberg older type cistern toilet

Can anybody advise how to open this type cistern...? I tried to loosen nut on top but did not want to force it. Thanks
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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How can I adjust the depth to which a pneumatic toilet flush button must be pressed?

We have a toilet with the cistern built into a cabinet, with a button on the front to flush it. However, it only seems to flush if you press the button right in (quite deep) and you have to do it ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Dryer booster installation forthcoming, any tips or warnings?

Background: As the title says, I'm about to (within the next week or 2) install a dryer booster for a new (to my friend, not newly built) house. The dryer vent goes through a couple bends behind the ...
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Damp concrete floor in bedroom

Had water overflow into bedroom and closet. New laminate floor removed. Concrete floor has glue strips from another flooring that is sticky in some places. Will thoroughly clean with as little water ...
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Screw jammed in deadbolt!

So, I recently purchased a new house and went about changing the locks. The doorknob worked well, but not so much on the deadbolt. Installed everything but one screw which wouldn't budge. I ended up ...
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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Maximum breaker on NMD7 8/3 wire?

My mother in law recently replaced her 4 burner Frigidaire range and is often popping her breaker when she is cooking for a large party - ie 4 burners going and oven. I checked the specs for the ...
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Do I remove cornice when I'm getting rid of horse hair plasterboard walls?

I'm removing old plasterboard walls and getting someone to help by cutting along the top edge. I did this so I don't have to remove the cornices (which seem fairly good condition). However, I'm ...
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Air handler for an AC in the attic collect about 1 cm of water in it before it is high enough to drain… problem?

My air handler in my attic won't drain water(because the hole is 1cm above the pan) until the water reaches that hole. Why is this setup this way. From what I have read, NO water should be in the ...
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Options for correcting improper deck beam to post attachments

We purchased a house with a large deck where the post to beam connections look exactly like the prohibited configuration shown here: The 6 x 6 posts are all attached to concrete footings using the ...
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Where to connect the c wire for a gas HW boiler (heat only) w/Wi-Fi Thermostat

I recently purchased a new Thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilites for use in one zone of a two zone baseboard hot water heating system. I pulled the existing thermostat (stat) to look at the wiring and ...
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Will my garage truss and beam configuration be adequate for a room in the attic?

I am getting ready to finish some of the space above the garage and have some questions. I am located in Pittsburgh, PA. The garage is sloped on both sides down to the floor. I was going to utilize ...
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Need help replacing this super old shower handle!

Not really sure what kind of handle this is or how to replace it. It doesn't work anymore so no water comes out of the showerhead. There's some little pin in the base of the handle that broke and none ...
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5800MICRA Transmitter in Door with Transom

I'm installing a home security system based around Honeywell products. I'd like to use 5800MICRA recessed transmitters for all windows/doors to maintain a clean install. Attached is a picture of my ...
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Coaxial connection seems to have switched polarity (on antenna/broadcast television)?

I get a great TV signal by touching the center wire of a coaxial cable to the threads of the wall connection. If I screw on the cable properly, there is no signal. What's happening and how do I ...
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Help me identify the components of my switchgear?

I have a basic understanding of what I need to do when the power line goes down, though sometimes different switches pop and would like to understand more of what does what. I have no knowledge in ...
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Does an wall-mounted electric oven require an air gap below, and if so, how large?

I've a wall-mounted electric oven. Or rather I did have before a small, smouldering fire started and neary burnt my house down. The fire brigade informed me there was no air gap (it was fitted 5 years ...
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What's so bad about single stack DWV systems?

We're in a region which allows single stack DWV installations in multi-storey buildings. In other words, a single large-diameter vertical pipe that serves as both discharge stack and vent for several ...
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Looking for an alternative lightswitch, push button maybe?

I am going to mount a slate chalkboard on this rail. The slate is 60" which is the length of the rail as you see it. As I get closer to the actual installation I am questioning my choice of dealing ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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Retrofitting drip edges with a wooden spacer?

I'm preparing to install gutters, but I've noticed that rain just flows down my fascia boards. I anticipate having a problem with water going behind the gutters. I saw this Q&A, but the solution ...
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How can I reduce noise from an air handler unit in an open closet?

How can I reduce the noise from an air handler unit? I have a Goodman AR42-1 air handler unit in an open closet. The setup looks like this: When the air handler activates it sounds like this: ...
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Should I get a single- or two-stage furnace for my three-floor brick home?

I just bought a house that has a furnace on its last legs. The house is 1941 masonry in Chicago with 3 floors: finished basement, first floor and a second floor that is a converted attic with vaulted ...
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Increasing the size of a sub panel

I am considering solar and the easiest place to connect the system for grid-tie is into a subpanel. With the 2013 CEC, this is permitted. However, I have a slight problem. I don't have any free ...
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Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?

MY AC cools just fine. But when it cuts off, the loud screeching sound outside can be heard from far away. This only happens when the AC goes off. There are no other weird sounds, any other time. ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...
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Is my room suitable for electric underfloor heating?

We are in the process of buying a new home and would like to have ceramic tiles on the ground floor. This is more resistant but can get very cold in winter, so we thought of having underfloor heating. ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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How can I install a faucet bidet if my faucet doesn't have a removable aerator?

I really want to install Aquaus Handheld Bidet for Faucet in my bathroom, but I have one of those faucets that have inner temper-free aerators. It is not like ordinary screwing type aerators. I have ...
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Blower motor wires crossed

I bought a direct replacement blower for my furnace but when it arrived I noticed two wires were crossed. the original motor has a red, white, and black wire in the connector. The new one has a fourth ...
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How to better seal and/or adjust a metal cellar door / bulkhead?

First of all, I am not exactly sure what the door is called. I have a metal outside door leading to steps into my basement. I have always just called it the basement/cellar door but it seems like ...
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Why did my garage door opener stop working?

It didn't work, so I put a new battery in the remote. Worked for several days, but then not today. Motor of opener did not engage (not a problem w/rollers etc.) I already checked the sensors ...
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Broken cabinet hinge?

I noticed that one of my Mepla kitchen cabinet hinges looks like it's broken, as the swinging arm (from the door) at the lower left of the picture is no longer connected to the mounting plate (that is ...
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Could the diverter valve be causing water to get cold quickly?

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...
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Should we use carpet tape or tack strips?

We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We ...
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Floor Makes Metal Clang When Walked On - One Room

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The whole house has hard-wood flooring. One bedroom on the corner of the house has a floor that sounds hollow... When walked on it makes a loud clanging sound... ...
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How can I clean my fiberglass tub that was cleaned with abrasives to make it white and shiny

I used an abrasive cleaner on my new fiberglass tub. How can I remove the stains and dullness.
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My hotwater heater is new, just installed, As soon as the tank fills and heats up the relief valve starts leaking out water

This is the second hotter I have installed in a two month period and the same problem exists. This is an electric heater. The original heater was taken out because it rusted out. Does anyone have any ...
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Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused foreclosed home to restore. The home exists in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineered wood in the same where good product is used and ...
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My appliances are shocking me…but only me

The metal parts of the fridge, stove, and sink are shocking me. However, when my husband touches them, he gets nothing. I've also found that the metal gates and latches leading to the pastures are ...

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