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If you can use a drill with a screwdriver bit to drive a screw, then most of the time, use it. Here's when you might be smarter to use a screwdriver: The screw is going into a pre-tapped (threaded) hole in metal, or plastic, or any soft material. Always at least start such screws by hand -- so that you can avoid cross-threading them. Putting screws into ...


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Jay, your power utility probably has an instruction sheet with specifications for the post, wire sizes, and temp meter enclosure. In some states you (the home owner) can pre-assemble the temp service. Since the temp box only supports plug-ins (extension cords, etc) there aren't any load conductors to inspect. The power utility has to make the connections ...


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The most direct answer to your insulation question is fairly simple. Your goal should be to have insulation equaling an "R" value of 40 or above on top of the ceiling of the second floor. The cheapest method for a DIYer is to roll out unfaced fiberglass insulation over any existing insulation. We don't know what you have now, "R" value or type. That would ...


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I feel like I have seen this question asked before, but I can not find it. So I will go ahead and answer. If you have never done electrical work before, I would not recommend this to be the project that you start on. In order to do this properly, you will need to run new wire to every outlet to add the ground line. This in itself can be a difficult task if ...


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DIY option: rent a skid steer scrape off existing driveway buy crushed rock spread with skid steer, rake rent a compacter and compact crushed rock layer bring in sand, spread, screed and level. buy concrete pavers start laying them depending on your age/health, buy lots of Advil Good luck!


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Some states subsidize professionally-installed insulation as well as other energy-efficiency improvements. If that is the case in your state, you will likely be able to hire a pro for less than what you would pay for the materials if you were to do it yourself. Massachusetts covers 75%, so I paid only $300 to insulate the attic, including two roof vents and ...


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Before going through the trouble of an egress window, make sure the water problem is tackled. That, itself, can be a huge chore. And egress window CAN be DIY, but it's going to be a lot of messy work. You need to move a large chunk of soil, cut concrete, install a well, and given the water issues, likely a dry well or drain system of some sort. But yes, ...


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On the one hand you don't need to run a new circuit to replace a receptacle, on the other hand putting in a new receptacle alone does absolutely nothing to modernize your system. Millions of houses have old wiring and they are fine. The only good reason to just replace the receptacle is because it is falling apart or won't hold the plugs in anymore. The ...


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Call a local licensed Electrician. They will be able to do it faster, safer, and possibly cheaper (if you factor in what your time is worth). It's likely not a matter of simply replacing each receptacle with a three prong version, you're probably going to have to pull new cable. There may be permits involved, or other legal/code compliance matters that you ...


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It's really difficult to say if you can do this yourself or not. It certainly could be a DIY job, though that doesn't mean it should be in your case. The first thing I think you need to get is an understanding of the scope of this type of project. It will require tearing up walls to replace pipe, adding fittings, etc. During this time, you will have the ...


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The budget might not permit it, but the first thing I did that worked immediately was to install a solar attic fan (1000cfm) to dump the hot air (pre-fan 170F, post fan 120F). It got me an extra 3 years on the roofing material (35 year old organic, well past its sell by date) while I saved up for a total reroof job. The reinsulation came after the roofing ...


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As DA01 mentioned, there are epoxy-based methods for refinishing laminate counter tops in the $100-200 range. They seem to have fairly positive reviews: Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Refinishing System $194.21 Covers 50 sq ft (cheesy how-to video showing how 'ridiculously easy' it is) Counter-Coat $179.95 Covers 35 sq ft (application ...


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The attic is likely so hot because it has a lack of proper ventilation. I would first check if there are any vents that allow hot air to leave the attic. Often, people throw insulation into the attic which blocks the vents to the outside air, turning the attic into a greenhouse. Current thinking is that you should have a combination of soffit vents and ...


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I just happened upon your question when I was looking for some advice on ceiling insulation for a house we will build next year. My opinion about your attic is that the first thing you have to do is air seal the attic. Not necessarily expensive, but certainly a pain, especially when the air temp in the attic is so high. I worked on the attic in my rental ...


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You should check the voltage of the light, many times under cabinet lights are low-voltage (eg, 12V) and run by a transformer. If there's only one, I doubt someone would have gone through the effort, but it's possible. You can't just close wires off inside the wall. You must terminate them properly in a junction box, and that box must be accessible. This ...


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If the cracks aren't new, then there's really nothing to 'stabilize' as that's already happened over the past 100 years. If they are new, then you have bigger problems and need a structural engineer out there to figure out why your footers are sinking. Assuming they are old cracks, if you don't have water problems, you don't really need to do anything ...


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My 70 year old grandma just put up new blinds in her house last year. She did borrow my makita. Quick Tips make sure you are putting your screws into either the window frame, wood framing, or use anchors make sure your blinds are level so if blinds are outside of window frame either use a level or take a measurement from the top of each side cut blinds ...


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Safe loads are determined through engineering and experimentation. The experimentation is used to gather real-world data, which then is used as input to engineering processes, which then result in guidelines and building codes. This is all updated over time as new materials are introduced and new experience is gained. When there's a situation that is ...


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Yes. Removing and pouring a concrete driveway can definitely be done by a nonprofessional. Remove the old material Move the material that is currently occupying the space, to a different location. Make sure the different location is appropriate for the material, and the owner of that location is aware the material will be moved there. Prepare for the new ...


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It depends if you want it to function or function and look good too. DAO1 had a good answer. I think you asked if hanging blinds is a DIY. On a scale of 1 to 100 hanging blinds is maybe a 10. Doing your driveway is maybe in the upper 80s. DAO1 gave you probably the easiest way to do it. Even doing it this way requires lots of man power, renting lots ...


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I can't talk about uninstalling your current blinds. Although, I found installing blinds pretty easy and fast. To be honest, the hardest part is probably taking the width of your windows, especially if you mount them inside. Most manufacturers will tell you in advance that you are responsible for your measures. In short, you need a measuring tape, a ...


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As these walls appear to be load bering, I'd probably call a proper mason if your really looking to repair the cracks. On the cheap and easy side, you could probably use this: Waterproofing If you really, want to try to repair the crack yourself, I found this: How to do brick / concrete repairs I edited the content, here is the jist: Begin by ...



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