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How to separate superglued fingers

I glued 2 of my fingers together with Rapid Fuse superglue. I have tried rubbing alcohol, butter, and warm soapy water.

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user avatar answered by UnhandledExcepSean Score of 36

What is this exterior electrical box and how do I cover it properly?

I'm the new owner of a 1956 Southern California home and discovered this curious plate on the stucco exterior: It's above, and to the left of the front door. There is a working sconce mounted above ...

electrical waterproofing exterior junction-box  
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user avatar answered by Ecnerwal Score of 10

If I cut out a square of drywall for access, should I tape the seams when I put it back?

It's a 12" by 16" cutout with wood to screw into on 3 sides. My hesitation with tape is that it's so much harder to hide with mud.

drywall patching-drywall  
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Do I need a junction box for thermostat wire splices?

I have an oil fired heating system with 4 zones heated with baseboards. I recently noticed that one of the zones stopped working because its thermostat wire in the basement was frayed. I removed that ...

wiring thermostat relay  
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user avatar answered by Ecnerwal Score of 14

How can I move an outlet from the back of an enclosed space to the front wall?

I have a built-in cabinet that has an outlet at the back to power a TV. I am looking at framing over that built-in opening to create a flat wall to mount a larger flat panel TV. I want to move the ...

electrical receptacle  
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user avatar answered by Ecnerwal Score of 19

How should I connect my ceiling fan/light in this box?

There was a ceiling fan which I removed. I usually would take a picture of the wiring before removal but the design of the fan made that difficult and only after I got the fan down did I see this mess....

electrical wiring switch  
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Boiler *might* have caused water intrusion... who do I call?

apologies if this is a super basic question, but this is my first time owning a home and not sure who to call. So my boiler seems to be leaking -- I think this may have been happening for a while, but ...

boiler water-damage  
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user avatar answered by Ecnerwal Score of 12

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for "hot"?

I bought a custom length of a 16/2 cable (two 16-gauge stranded wires, individually insulated). The two wires have identical colors and insulation; the only thing to tell them apart is that along one,...

electrical wiring  
user avatar asked by Philip Score of 12
user avatar answered by Fiasco Labs Score of 16

How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...

electrical appliances refrigerator kitchens  
user avatar asked by Fernando Briano Score of 45
user avatar answered by Mike B Score of 50

Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...

plumbing toilet  
user avatar asked by Buck Score of 40
user avatar answered by keshlam Score of 26

How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom and have the following setup: The electrical box is plastic The wire coming from supply has black (hot), white (neutral) and copper (ground). The light ...

electrical wiring lighting light-fixture grounding  
user avatar asked by SwDevMan81 Score of 10
user avatar answered by Tester101 Score of 11

Why does significant condensation gather on my bedroom windows overnight?

When we wake up in the morning, we're observing a significant amount of condensation on the bedroom windows around the edges on the inside (inside the house not between the panes). We had new windows ...

windows winterizing  
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user avatar answered by chris Score of 13

What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...

flooring installation laminate-floor  
user avatar asked by Mike B Score of 18
user avatar answered by shirlock homes Score of 26

When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?

Suppose I want to pre-drill for, say, a 5/16 screw. How do I determine the correct drill bit diameter?

wood tools drill  
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user avatar answered by Tester101 Score of 58

Can you answer these questions?

Boiler heating system loud noises

Very loud noise coming from baseboard radiator. Just moved into this house and we’re getting one spot in the basement where a huge noise goes off (“bang” “bang”). Then it stops. This could happen up ...

user avatar asked by Dave Score of 1
user avatar answered by zelinka Score of 0

Condensation/mold on ceiling in bedroom + high humidity

I am having a strange issue wherein along the exterior/west-facing wall of my bedroom (~110sqft/750sqft house) at the junction with the ceiling there appears to be mold growing and some pretty faint ...

insulation mold ventilation condensation  
user avatar asked by Vincent Huynh Score of 1
user avatar answered by Ecnerwal Score of 0

What is this type of ceiling called?

What are these type of ceilings called? These don't have enough height to be called cathedral celling, are these just called exposed beams ?

user avatar asked by kter Score of 1
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