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Does anyone have experience with small heat-recovery air exchangers?

I know there are units made which are supposed to be sized for use in a residential kitchen, as a more efficient replacement for the usual vent hood (bring air in to replace air blown out, but ...
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What is a good PWM driver for LED lighting?

I am looking at lighting options for my new flat. I'm looking for any recommendations and suggestions for the components to power and control the LEDs. If we consider the main room (i.e. the open ...
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Concrete foundation repair

My home was built in 1914 (Portland, Oregon). In 1948, the house was moved 200 feet to its current location. The 750 square foot house has a concrete basement with a concrete floor. The concrete ...
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How can I move a tub drain plunger, if the linkage chain is missing?

The broken linkage chain was removed from our tub a couple of years ago. All has been good until now the plunger has fallen shut and the water drains v e r y, v e r y s l o w l y. any suggestions how ...
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Why isn't there hot water coming from my faucet after stem replacement?

I just completed the replacement of the hot and cold water stems form my bathtub faucets. The hot water was leaking so I went ahead and replaced both. They were probably original to the house circa ...
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How should I hook up my generator to a manual transfer switch?

I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior ...
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Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
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What type of air hose should I use?

I have the compressor which can be seen below and I would like to connect one of the the two Alligator Compressor Nipples. Question Will the hose work with the first nipple? Does there exist a ...
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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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Should I include an expansion joint between steps and a foundation?

I am building this retaining wall that ends with steps. The steps will be on one side against the foundation of the house. My question is should I use expansion joints between the step units (SRW ...
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Why do CFLs stop buzzing when an incandescent light is added to the mix?

I have 8 CFLs in a circuit of ceiling cans all connected to the same dimmer switch. They buzz all day until I add an incandescent light to one of the cans. Why does the buzzing stop with the ...
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What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?

I am building a kitchen rail for hanging utensils and frypans along the wall and need some help choosing the right tube size for the job. Because I'm renting the place I don't want to drill any ...
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Is it okay to place two battery chargers on one 30 amp circuit?

I have a 30 amp 240 volt circuit out side in my garage and I want to hook up two 10 amp 240 volt circuits. The equipment I am hooking up are battery chargers. Can I install fused down disconnects on ...
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Could my power strip have killed all my AFCI's?

Odd thing happened today. My wife plugged a 1700W (clothes) iron into a power strip and tripped the AFCI to the bedroom. I reckon with the TV and 2 lamps running it peaked over 15A and tripped out. ...
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What can I do about minimizing small shards of ice shooting out the ice dispenser on LG refrigerator?

Ever since we bought this fridge it's been doing this with the ice dispenser. It's only 3-4 months old and I've tried cleaning out the tray where the ice is made but to no avail.
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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about ...
2
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179 views

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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Which home automation standards will work with Apple and/or Google's forthcoming sofware?

On one hand I'm happy that Apple and Google are getting into home automation, because the existing software and control apps seem to be uniformly atrocious. On the other hand, I've been planning a big ...
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How can I match existing mortar?

I'm trying to find a good sand that matches the mortar that I have in our house right now. I live in Chicago. The house is 30+ years old and as I look at the existing mortar, I see that it has large ...
2
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Can I identify window manufacture from the NAMI information?

All I could find short of removing the window to look for the manufacturer's label is the NAMI sticker information it had inside top frame. And yes I did look through the posted NAMI list here, mine ...
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What should I know before plastering a concrete pool?

These two videos do not make it seem extremely difficult to replaster the pool for, say me and a friend: Swimming Pool Plastering Process (YouTube) Marble Dusting A Pool Also Known As Pool ...
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How many arms should a 5.8m long awning have?

I am preparing to install two awnings with folding aluminum arms. The length of each awning is 5.80 meters or 19 ft. The house is at an elevation of 200 meters or 656ft (in the city outskirts) and ...
2
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Front House Posts Not Resting on Anything

I have 5 roof support posts that are supposed to be resting on concrete blocks but one of them is not even touching the concrete block and the other 4 have some separation from the concrete block. ...
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Can sheetrock be put in for fire barrier over existing ductwork and plumbing in drive under garage?

I am in the process of buying a house and the home inspection brought up some interesting issues. The house is in the Atlanta area and was built in 1979 with a drive-under garage. The garage ceiling ...
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How do I add a socket to a fused alarm spur?

I am in the UK. I wish to install a socket (possibly a double) in the under stair area of my house. The main consumer unit is based here and also the alarm box. One option would be to get an ...
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How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?

I've tried looking all over for a solution, but I've yet to find a solution that matches my situation. The cover I have (I think) is supposed to turn so the hole is downwards so you can remove the ...
2
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231 views

What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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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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108 views

Can I repair a shower without pulling everything out?

We had a new shower put in (by a contractor who was in over his head) during a remodel a few years ago. About a year ago the built-in-bench starting to collapse. When we pulled out the bench we ...
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Why does Fix-It-All sometimes dry yellow?

I've used the Fix-It-All brand patching product. Sometimes my patches dry paper white, sometimes they end up yellow. Why might this be?
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How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?

With ships, they'll bolt zinc blocks on, can I "re-galvanize" metal? I ask as I have some flashing that was likely installed in 1938. It was galvanized and is in reasonably good shape. But replacing ...
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When my primer flakes off easily how will it help hold the paint

I'm painting an iron structure to save it from corrosion and make it look nice. I was advised to apply a layer of primer which I did, it contains iron oxide and is supposed to prevent oxidation. Now I ...
2
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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 ...
2
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Metal back on a slide in electric range

Is it necessary to keep the metal back on a slide in electric range. I have a fan that comes up from the back of the counter and it needs a little more room. The new range will not slide back as far ...
2
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785 views

Does spray mount adhesive damage the paint on walls after the object attached to it is removed?

I would like to place posters on walls using a spray mount adhesive, such as link to 3M product on amazon. It is said that the use of the adhesive will create a delicate transparent gel on the object ...
2
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Why would my microwave continually rotate when connected to a voltage stabilizer which is also used for a refrigerator?

When I connected my microwave oven to a voltage stabilizer which is being used for refrigerator,the microwave oven motor starts working without any functions provided.The motor keeps on rotating at ...
2
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Is there any advantage to waxing vinyl siding?

My 20+ year old siding can get pretty moldy and grimy in one year. I wondering if waxing it, after I clean it, would help reduce the mold and dirt accumulation and give it new life. I see car waxes ...
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Is it okay to put house wrap over the top of pre-existing foam insulation?

We are removing vinyl siding from our house and replacing it with a cement-type product. Is it necessary to remove the vinyl siding's foam insulation before applying the house wrap?
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Can I add cement glue and sand into my concrete mix to repair my cenent garden statue?

I have a leopard concrete garden statue that was given to me by my neighbor that has a broken foot and log. I want to repair it and paint it. It also has been weather eroded so I need to recover it as ...
2
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179 views

How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
2
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How can I insulate and elevate an A/C line set on a flat rubber roof?

The Scenario An apartment building with a flat black rubber roof. The A/C condenser is on a platform on the roof with an air handler inside the unit. The line set runs across the roof for about 20 ...
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Why would the input gas pressure fall when the central heating boiler calls for heat?

Since the annual service of my traditional gas boiler the house takes considerably longer to heat up. The boiler flame no longer seems as "fierce" as previously. I'm told the burner pressure and ...
2
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353 views

How can I wire a bathroom light switch which has an outlet, exhaust fan, and vanity light all from same junction box?

Trying to wire the bathroom light switch, but vanity light will not come back on. There are two wires, black and red, plus a ground wire that wasn't hooked to anything originally just touching the ...
2
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What's the difference between SFA99 and RIBA Agreements 2010 in the UK?

I am starting the process of having an extension on my house, and getting close to signing an agreement with an architect to have drawings done. The architect would like to use SFA99 as the contract ...
2
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How can I repair blown plaster on walls?

I live in a very old cottage (1747) some of the plaster mainly on exterior walls has blown/blistered with a powdery residue. We have hacked off the plaster - treated the walls and re-plastered but ...
2
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How do I level a summerhouse concrete base that dips in the middle?

I laid a 4x3 metre concrete base for my summerhouse/office thing. The corners are all level and so the summerhouse sits fine, but it dips in between and so the load bearing battens aren't taking any ...
2
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505 views

Why does my bath faucet drip for a few minutes after it's shut off?

I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut ...
2
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What is the cheapest way to make well water with 800ppm TDS suitable for bathing and washing dishes?

I have a 200 foot bore for water in my home. The Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) value of that water is around 790-800ppm. I want to make this water safe for bathing, dish-washing and clothes washing. I ...

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