Unanswered Questions

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Concrete countertops ghosting fix?

I just poured my very first concrete project over the weekend and made what I think is a rookie mistake. Somehow I have ghosting from the metal wire that I used as reinforcement. As you can see here:...
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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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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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How do I determine what size the outlet should be on a new shut off valve?

I'm going to be replacing several shut off valves throughout my home. They are a very old type where the supply line is part of the shut off valve, not it's own separate entity. I've done this once ...
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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: http://www.pftplasteringmachines.com/product/pft-ritmo-plastering-...
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Can I transition from aluminum wiring to copper wiring at a CO/ALR receptacle?

It is my understanding that outlets can have wires connected on both sides. Example from another DIY.SE question here . If I have aluminum wiring. I want to add another downstream outlet. I will use ...
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Type AC cable — why is it still made/used?

Old-style armored cable (Type AC) is still made and widely distributed. Why is this, given that type MC cable is more versatile (more conductor configurations, more Code-permitted applications) than ...
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Can I install a toilet flange in a shortened (sawed off) elbow fitting?

I'm putting a bathroom in my basement, and had a plumber come in and lay the PVC pipe after I cut out part of my floor. After pouring new concrete, he came back in and said there was a problem with ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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Hot water temp in shower/tub fluctuates

I live in a condo that has 13 units in two buildings and am the president of the board. A few months ago we had a new water pump installed in our boiler room. Shortly after that all three units in my ...
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Are off-brand framing nails compatible with my Craftsman nailer?

I have a Craftsman Clipped Head Angle Framing Nailer (28 degrees) Model No. 351.181790. They don't appear to stock the specific nails for this gun anymore. Which according to the manual are: 18351 ...
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What kind of trim should I use for an aluminum backsplash behind a stove?

I would like to use metal trim for the aluminum backsplash behind the stove; the trim would go between the backsplash and the cabinet and tile. What kind of trim would you recommend and what is the ...
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
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How could our sliding mirror doors have cracked so easily?

I purchased and installed a set of sliding mirror doors 2 weeks ago. In the space of two weeks all four of the doors have developed cracks in them. A couple of them are at least a foot long. I have ...
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Very low hot water pressure entire house

Setup: Electric 53 Gallon Heater, installed in 2014 by previous owners. Location: Tampa bay, Florida, Home built in 1961, typical cinder block house. WE purchase the home in December and all has ...

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