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I suspect my house has asbestos since it was made in 1969 and has popcorn ceilings. This is what I have found about asbestos

As the title says, my house was built in 1969 and has popcorn ceiling, so according to many readings on my research it's very likely that the ceiling and possibly other parts of the house has asbestos....
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Is it a bad idea to tie output of hot water heater to sump pump drain?

I bought a house and I have a leaking hot water heater (appliance is from 2001). I'd say it fills up an 8 ounce cup after two hot 10-15 minute showers. I had a plumber come out and he replaced the ...
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Help decide course of action for rotting windows

I have a 30 year old house in Chicago. We have original double pane wood windows. The interior portions are in good condition. No rotting and all the seals are good and there is NO fogging between ...
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re-combine shower and tub in master bath

I have separate tub and shower, and the shower plumbing is in the wall that separates the two, and the tub faucet is on the deck (?) of the fiberglass tub. I am considering doing away with the tub ...
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Air Conditioner: Panel Malfunction

I have an old window A/C unit which the electronic panel is malfunctioning. Basically, it keeps changing randomly the settings (watch the video). Examples: If I set the fan to low, after a while it ...
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Electric Motor: Spark and Repair Issues

I'm trying to repair a shaded pole induction motor from a home appliance. However, each time I connect the motor to the power outlet there is a spark in the same place (I've already tried 2x): ...
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Electric Fan not Working

I have a water distiller which the electric fan suddenly just stopped working (thankfully I was near by to shutdown everything, otherwise ...). Prior to the failure everything was working fine, there ...
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Replacing Flame Sensor on Ruud Silhouette Furnace

I'm quite new when it comes to looking at furnaces. The furnace in my house recently started shutting off before getting to the temperature the thermostat is set to. Eventually we'd reset the whole ...
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How to properly wire GFCI Subpanel and Hot Tub

As a disclaimer, I'm aware that this is technically supposed to be done by a licensed electrician. If it's possible to do this project myself, I'm willing to accept the risks in order to save money. ...
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How to fix front door that needs to be pulled for latch to open?

My front door lever/latch feels as if locked from the outside when unlocked, either you have pull the door a bit and then press the lever or press down really hard and the lever opens the latch. Is ...
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Help with creating a DIY low voltage garden pathway light? [closed]

I would like to create DIY garden pathway lights from complete scratch. I have some very nice outdoor metal lanterns that I'd like to retrofit and use for my design. I really don't like most of the ...
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What is the best way for DIYer to buy HVAC equipment and supplies if EPA 608 certified but not contractor?

I'm a do-it-yourselfer who has three air conditioners that need to be maintained on the road. I have no interest in contracting-out my services to others. But I occasionally need minor AC repair ...
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Required protection for copper gas line passing through metal opening in fireplace casing (Alberta, Canada)

Background context: As executor, I'm in the process of selling my late father's house. I have an offer pending; following the home inspection, the prospective buyers have submitted a list of ...
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Got Red Tag warning from gas company for hot water tank (Canada)

Gas company technician asked me to take a look at hot water tank and there he issued me Warning B Red tag and gave me 5 weeks to fix the issue. Issue in related to clearance from combustibles (TSSA ...
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Wiremold Ceiling Fan Box not compatible with Harbor Breeze mounting bracket. How to fix?

I am surface mounting a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan directly to a wooden beam using a Wiremold Metal Ceiling Fan junction box. The wiremold box has two #10 screws which go from the back of the mounting ...
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Will concrete poured over wet ground be more likely to crack and disintegrate?

What if you’ve had lots of rain & humidity. Our area is slightly sloped. The ground is clay, rocks & some sand. I’m concerned about having concrete poured on a wet ground. We need to have the ...
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How to finish jagged edge of kitchen subway tile?

Did our own backsplash tiling in the kitchen, and didn't realize until we were finished that the cap/trim/edging goes UNDER the tile. Not on top. So now we've got an ugly looking edge to the tile (...
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What to look out for when installing a gable attic vent?

My attic needs better ventilation. On one end of the attic it terminates to a room that has a cathedral ceiling, and the other end of the attic terminates at an exterior wall (the main gable). It is ...
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How is DIY done so much on 'fixer uppers' in areas where AHJs demand permits and licenses? [closed]

I see a lot of cases of major 'fixer upper' homes or general home improvement done in an area where the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requires permits and only offers them to licensed pros. How ...
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Goodman Model GPC1242H41CA Blowing Low volt fuse ONLY when heat is turned on

Good Afternoon from Florida!! I have a two year old Goodman Model GPC1242H41CA package unit that has heat strips, I had a short that eneded up causing me to replace the transformer and the control ...
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Roof eave missing knee brace - how to mitigate problems as snow season approaches?

Photos at the end of the post. On an old house (new to me and my partner) there are ~2' eaves extending all around the house, supported by knee braces made of 6"x6" beams and a few 2"x4"s. Inspecting ...
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Repair A Blacktop Asphalt Driveway or hire a pro?

I have an asphalt driveway. I have: two 1/8" deep indents (from car tires) separation from the garage floor a big spider crack in the center dull/worn look How do I DIY repair? ...
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What should I consider / know about before replacing with a Stab Lok GFCI breaker?

My mom's house (close to Detroit, MI) has a Federal Pacific panel and we want to replace the existing kitchen circuit breaker with Stab-Lok GFCI breaker. I want to add that I do understand and read ...
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How to remove grime from shower handle hole? Can't remove handle for repairs!

Hello: I have a leaky tub spigot and I think the issue is the valve behind the handle. I just can't get an traction with any allen wrenches in the hole shown -- I think this is because of grime/...
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Black & Decker KS850 Circular Saw pinning sporadically

I have a Black & Decker KS850 Circular Saw which was spinning sporadically so I have taken it apart to investigate. I think there may have been a loose piece of plastic that had broken off from ...
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Ground wire giving shock

All metal appliances in my house give shock. Following is experiment I conducted: I stuck my electrical tester in each hole of my mains wall socket (one by one) and it does not glow on neutral, glows ...
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Aggregate patio resurfacing - what are my best options?

I am looking for options to repair or cover a poorly maintained, exposed aggregate patio. Its approximately 20'x23', with no water issues. After seeking quotes on resurfacing, I've decided isn't in ...
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Symptom of bad breaker?

I was changing some old light switches at a friend's house. The breaker panel wasn't labeled, so I did the bad thing, I tripped the breaker by shorting a hot line to ground. The lights went out, and I ...
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Covered Porch Support Concrete Crack

The front step of my home is made of concrete, on which supports the overhang via two posts on each corner. One of the corners of the concrete has developed a good sized crack, and it's taking the ...
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Seeking suggestions for switch workaround

The '+' switch is not working and prevents increasing the oven temperature from 350 degrees. If the two nodes at the end of the switch were bridged into another momentary switch, would that not solve ...
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Drying milled lumber

I want to mill my own lumber from a forested property and mill I have access to. I understand there is a long drying process involved, and I intend to dry a large volume. What is the process for ...
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What can be done about this fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone ...
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Automatic water pump for water tank

I am really tired of turning on and off the water pump (a motor that moves water to the tank and the tank is located on the top of the house ) everyday. I am looking forward for a way to automate the ...
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How to repair flaked plaster surface

I recently moved and noticed this crack on the wall. When I tapped it lightly with a blunt knife it broke off. I've never plastered before but I assume I will need to re-plaster this section. Any ...
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How often do I need to regrade the ground around my house?

I'm a first time homeowner, and when we moved in we were told we'd need to regrade our house. I am deciding whether doing it myself or hiring someone is a better decision, and the following list ...
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What kind of electrical projects are safe for DIY in the US? [closed]

I have a lot of ideas for electrical projects — upgrading electrical sockets to USB combo sockets, changing light fixtures, adding new sockets...ect. As a general rule of thumb, what kinds of ...
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Can I setup insulation without tearing down walls?

My situation is this: I moved into a new apartment last year and my office is the only room that isn't insulated, which is annoying. My daughter's room and her playroom are both insulated as expected. ...
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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...
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Is it possible to power/turn-on LED lights through a lamp switch?

I'm trying to make a lamp from my gf's favorite beer. It's a bomber(16oz) bottle that I'm running a DIY lamp kit through. I'd like to add two little red LED lights that are connected to the switch ...
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Can I cut these wires? Apartment build phone/intercom system

This system is defunct and no longer in use by my building. Id like to get rid of the hideous phone on the wall. Can I cut these? Is there an order in which to cut them?
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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Is installing a packaged HVAC unit (PTAC) a realistic DIY project?

I'm a handy guy and can do pretty much anything around the house that I put my mind to. Assuming I can handle the part of the install that is outside (the concrete pad, the hole in the crawlspace ...
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Replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex

Would it be possible to somehow replace buried polybutelyne/Qest with Pex without having to dig? It would be amazing if I could connect the old Qest to the Pex and pull it through into the house. I ...
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Can I avoid the slab and run the new PEX through walls and interstitial space?

… and many other questions. The following is the incoming water for my small 2-story townhouse. This picture was taken in my downstairs hall closet. This is what I have figured out so far: (1) is ...
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and one carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of ...
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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I need to make a swinging cat-door in a piece of furniture but I can't figure out how to hinge it

I'm trying to convert a cabinet into cat litter storage. I've cut a piece out of the side of the cabinet and want to re-attach it as a top-mounted swinging door for the cat to get in and out. ...
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What can I use to rigidly hang a lot of flat/paper artwork on a wall?

I have dozens of pieces of unframed artwork. I would like to hang them on the wall, in a way that is somewhat easy to rearrange. I'd like them to line up horizontally, and to be against the wall so ...
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Mounting a 32" LED TV to Dry Wall without Stud Support

We're looking into mounting our current TV on the wall in the bedroom, however we've hit a minor snag, it appears there's no stud in the area where the TV would be mounted. I've searched the wall ...
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Ceiling cracks appear and worsen over weeks. Self repair or professional?

Background We recently purchased a home built in mid-50s. At the time, no structural movement or displacement was noted by the home inspector. Over the last few weeks, there have been long cracks on ...