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What protects an installer from drilling a hole in joist and not hit anything?

I've found the 'where' to drill a hole in the joist span to run wire across ceiling cavity (multi-story on first floor so no attic access). What I can't find is how does someone drilling from an ...
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Door knob lock not moving when turned to lock

I have a bathroom doorknob that when I lock, nothing happens to the lock (by lock I mean the thing that moves and stops the door from moving I don't know if there is a technical term) I can pull the ...
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Fridge: frost build up on coils

Our fridge started to get warmer a few days ago. Because we keep medicines for my daughter, I always keep a thermometer inside. From the usual 3C-5C that I used to see, over a few days the temperature ...
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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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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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Slant Fin replacement

I have a 3 foot length of slant fin baseboard in my bathroom. It was installed in 1979. It is rusted and I would like to replace it. Is it possible to replace with slant fin or should I cover it?
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How can I tell if there is a trap in my floor drain?

I’m a bartender at a restaurant that is in an old gas station building. The floor drain that the sinks behind the bar drain into frequently smells like rancid meat farts, which is quite embarrassing ...
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Best method to use carpet samples squares to create a Rug? [closed]

I have plenty of carpet samples and I wanted to make an area rug with them. I would like to make a rug out of them, maybe I can create a pattern with the carpet squares and then glue them to some ...
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Building a Wire Mesh Basket for Under a Table

I'm looking into the possibility of DIYing the table in the picture below (taken from here): I've found many great tutorials for a rough approximation of the legs (although mine will be four straight ...
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Help with double leak at Toilet Supply in flat please

Could anyone here please offer any advice on how to troubleshoot/fix 2 separate leaks I have in my flat in the two positions shown below? The first leak spurts out of the top of the nut at the ...
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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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Can I move a light switch from a 3 gang box to a second 3 gang box above it?

new to the forum so sorry if this is a little confusing. I just moved into a newly constructed home. At the front of the house, there are two 3-gang boxes an inch on top of one another. They are all ...
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My Acacia dining table starting to show some huge splits or cracks

We got this Acacia dining table from costco and noticed after a year or so it started to crack on one end. Initially the crack was pretty tiny and now it's very noticable.I was wondering what are the ...
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Attach shower to roman tub

I have a Roman Tub at my home and want to attach a shower to it. My plan was to find an adaptor that could attach to the roman tub faucet and connect with a shower diverter, attach and mount handheld ...
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How can I temporarily disable a garden hose tap without an interior valve?

I have a water tap in the garden of the house. My little son keeps opening it regardless of how tight I close it. I would like to seal it off. I was hoping to find a metal cylinder shape element ...
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Does pre-installing whole home surface mount conduit have a substantial impact on cost of bringing pre-1960s electrical up to code?

I live in a century house that was converted into 3 apartments (basement, main floor, attic) in the 1960s or earlier in an area that has adopted NEC 2017. The basement was finished during that remodel,...
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How can I use door opening to open separate flap with levers?

I am searching for a mechanical solution for my gate with lever and counterweights. The space under my gate is too large when closed and my dogs can escape under. However the door opens up on an ...
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HELP! Need advice for Bike Wall mount

So the first installation of my bike mount, I failed miserably because the wall isn't completely straight above the door and has a slight angle to it. I thought it'd still be able to hold up my bike ...
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What do I need to do to clean/restore these floor tiles?

We have a porch on a 1930s property in the UK which has red tiles on the floor. I believe they are original and in good need of a clean up and maybe some additional work. What do I need to do to get ...
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Can I cut a 2" thick marble slab myself?

I've picked up a 27"x27"x2" piece of marble countertop off the street. I'd like to clean it up and use it, but I'd also like to trim it down. I don't mind doing it myself, but want to make sure I'm ...
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Nest thermostat e heat link replacing the old danfoss

I really need help with replacing this current danfoss thermostat with a new nest thermostat e heat hub. I'm in the UK. Below is the new heatlink just need to know what wires I need to wire and what ...
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Asbestos in wall?

Was removing wallpaper, there's a gap between the doorframe and wall, does this look like asbestos?
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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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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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Can I add cement glue and sand into my concrete mix to repair my cenent garden statue?

I have a leopard concrete garden statue that was given to me by my neighbor that has a broken foot and log. I want to repair it and paint it. It also has been weather eroded so I need to recover it as ...
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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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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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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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How can I insulate my attic on a tight budget?

My attic is running 135Fahrenheit (55 Celsius) and more right now. And that's before it even gets to the hottest part of the day! The A/C guy said the A/C's are working perfectly. But he tested the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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? Or is this ...
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Can I move the main breaker and the electrical meter?

I feel this is a no-brainer (in that I should probably get someone more qualified in to do this) but I thought I'd ask some opinions. I've just moved into a new place and one of the rooms is just big ...
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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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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 ...