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asked Where should my furnace filter go in a Lennox G40UHX series furnace?
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comment How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?
the "wall insert things" are officially called "gang boxes", and generally come in 2 types - new work and old work. The new work boxes are made to attach to a stud by nail (ie, you can't have drywall in the way) and the old work boxes essentially pinch the drywall once you tighten down their wings. I recommended the low-voltage style gangs above.
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comment How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?
And I would also recommend something like Leviton's QuickPort wall plates - you can get different kinds of snap-in connectors for them and make your own customized plate. I used them when I ran Cat5 networking cable all over our house, and they're great.
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comment How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?
@Portman Yeah, that's a pretty good guide. I would recommend a "low voltage" old work gang box - they're even easier to install! They usually have little points on the front of the box, and you push it into your wall to make dimples of where to cut. Use a hand-held drywall saw and cut the hole, and you're done.
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comment Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing?
@Doresoom Mine too - I truly miss not having a basement or crawlspace.
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comment Should I replace or repair my dead/dying garage door?
Re: #1 - I consider it more dangerous than electrical repairs! For those that don't know, you have to wind the springs once they're installed, and you do so with two poles as you tighten the spring down. If one of the bars isn't tight enough, the spring can start to unwind with enough force to shatter your forearm. I happily pay someone to replace it!
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comment Is a gas water heater safe in a bedroom?
You might want to take a look at tankless water heaters (aka "on-demand" or "instantaneous" heaters). I'm not sure if they're any more or less safe carbon monoxide-wise, but I hear they're great.
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revised How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?
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comment Good low cost tools for woodwork
I bought mine when we bought our house at the end of 2006, so almost 4 years, now, and it's still going strong - I've worn out a screwdriver bit and broken a drill bit, but the drill looks almost brand new.
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answered How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?
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answered What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
Or even just checking to see if there's an electrical cable inside the wall where you're getting ready to drill...
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
My wife has requisitioned a few pairs over the years as weed pullers for the yard. Nothing like finding my pliers caked with dirt... thanks, dear!
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
I have a Ryobi 12V cordless, and my corded drill has gotten very lonely. I keep one battery on the charger, and a fresh battery will last me for a few weeks of intermittent work.
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answered Good low cost tools for woodwork
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