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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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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 make my garage door quieter?

My garage door is loud. I didn't realize this until I visited a friend who has a garage door that's nearly silent. He says he has a belt-driven door opener and nylon door wheels, while I have ...
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Why does my stove vent fan take time to turn on

The vent hood is quite old. For some reason when I flip the switch to turn it on it takes 10-30 seconds to actually turn on. I've checked it and there's no power flowing for those 10-30 seconds. ...
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Is it possible to install a whole house humidifier away from the furnace?

My building is essentially a single extremely large room. It's a 25'W x 45'L x 20' H concrete box, with an open mezzanine over the back 1/3 of the box. The HVAC system is gas-fired forced air, ...
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How to mix a resurfacer/leveler with sand and cement?

Disclaimer: No, I can't buy ready made surface leveler, because in Brazil this doesn't exist. I need to use a resurface a dry pack levelling that my previous contractor made a lousy job (porous ...
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Why does my basement floor paint come off when it's wet?

I painted my basement floor and now just 3 weeks later my washer leaks and the paint is peeling off. I also put some water down on a spot and when I wiped it up you can scratch the paint off. It is ...
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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 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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Why doesn't the USA Energy Star program approve of windows that help reduce winter heating bills?

The USA Energy Star program helps people find energy efficient windows. It guides us to prefer windows with low U-Factor and low solar heat gain coefficient. This is good in two circumstances: In ...
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What are the steps to laying pavers?

I am fixing to get rid of the grass and lay them pavers in the picture below. Its an area of about 10 meters by 2 and a half meters I haven't done it before. I have looked over the internet and the ...
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How do I wire this 240v fan motor and thermostat

I'm trying to wire a two stage exhaust fan for my greenhouse. The motor comes set up for 240v wiring and is to be controlled by a thermostat. I undertsand how to get the 240v from the panel, but can't ...
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Lighting to simulate skylights

I was in a friend's home, and admired their skylight. They have one of those tubes that goes through the roof to bring natural light inside. The ceiling had a diffused circular lens to help disperse ...
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How can I air seal around a brick chimney with a metal flue liner?

We have a 1954 brick chimney that has a metal liner inside and is only used by the natural gas hot water tank. It's had fiberglass right up against if for guessing 20+ years. I'm air sealing the ...
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How can I make mortar adhere to smooth flagstones?

I just started making a raised bed with flagstones that are relatively smooth. After using nearly 160 lbs. of mortar, I find that more flagstones are not adhered together than are. I paid attention ...

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