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Is there a more environmentally-friendly alternative to using oil to heat a house with oil heating installed?

I currently live in a house (in the UK) which is too remote to be connected to the mains gas supply, with an oil tank which is used for central heating. This is obviously not great for the environment,...
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How should I repair a soot-covered cad cell on my oil furnace?

Earlier I posted about my furnace not staying on. I had my question answered fully, but seeing as it just snowed about 18 inches here I'm not in the position to call anyone to diagnose, so I decided ...
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New primary control switch problems

About a week ago , I had someone to come in and replace my old RA116 stack switch with a Honeywell R8184G oil primary , for the first day it was fine, next thing I know the furnace turned off and ...
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How much should I tighten the gauge on my heating oil tank?

Bought a new gauge for my heating oil tank because the previous owner installed one that was too short for the tank. The gauge came with a tiered fitting that is listed as a 1-1/2" & 2" Male NPT. ...
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Repair asphalt driveway damaged by transmission fluid leak

I am looking to repair a driveway damaged by transmission fluid (ATF) in the photo below. As you can see the driveway has pitted and cracked where the fluid was standing. Once winter comes I expect ...
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Fuel oil burner running intermittently

Fuel oil (Beckett oil burner) here. It's -20°F outside right now and the house is at 61°F even though I have the thermostat cranked up to 75°F (we have a thermometer in the house as well, ...
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Wrong oil in my lawn mower

I put 2 stroke oil in my 4 stroke mower. Is that what is causing it to smoke? I have emptied it but there'll still be traces of it in the engine. Can I still refill with the right oil and use the ...
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Why is a furnace blower not running?

On a brand new oil furnace the burner works fine but the what seems to be a 2speed blower will not start. The limit switch shuts the furnace down after heat rises. It resets after it cools down. ...
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Why is my chainsaw stalling?

The last time I used my chainsaw, It kept stalling. I could not keep it running. I had just used a new batch of gasoline with two-stroke engine oil added. As this was the only difference from the ...
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Do I have my steps right for painting over stained trim?

I bought a 30 year old home that was a bit of a project and I'm currently updating the kitchen. All the rooms in the house have white trim except the kitchen. It has stained wood and it looks horrible,...
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Removing excess Decking Oil

I have oiled my decking for the 1st time yesterday and on checking it today there are patches where I have applied too much and these patches are shiny and sticky. Whats the best approach for removing ...
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Is it OK to use motor oil instead of household oil for hardware lubrication?

I was about to buy a bottle of 3-in-1 for random stuff around the house, but I realized I have motor oil in the garage already. Is there any harm in using, say, 5W30, for door hinges or whatever?
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How clean up linseed oil stains after spill on stone patio?

A contractor spilled linseed oil on my stone patio, staining a large area. I tried cleaning the stone with simple dish soap & water, and it had absolutely no effect. I fear that the oil has been ...
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Lawn tractor stalls after a few minutes

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor with an 18.5 HP Intek Engine (97700 series). It starts fine; but, after a minute or so, it begins blowing white smoke, then stalls. The smoke is not real thick, but ...
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What is the best way to clean a 300 gallon Water tank that was storing Canola Oil?

i'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, if not please let me know a better place. I just purchased a very cheap 300 gallon water tank. It was cheap due to the fact that they ...
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Dual tanks will they level out?

I have 2 oil tanks: one sludged up and the other ran dry. I used a air compressor to blow open the blocked tank. Will the 2 tanks level out?
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Oil Viscosity in Snowblower

Got a brand new snowblower. The manufacturer calls for 5w-30 oil but I do not have and can't get to the store before I need to use it. I have 10w-30 full synthetic and I have 5w-20 conventional. ...
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Old oil furnace with 2 wire thermostat, installing new wifi and need C wire. How can I wire with my current stack switch?

I'm trying to wire a new wifi thermostat and only have two wires, R and W. The stack switch (transformer - pictured) only has two wire slots as well. What is the easiest way to add a common C wire? ...
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How do I clean cooking oil off a steel fence?

My next door neighbor decided to saturate panels of our steel fence with cooking oil to stop the rust (which was expected and is a desired patina). How can we get rid of the old oil smell and get ...
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Can I use EP 80W/90 oil instead of EP90 oil in a Belle MiniMix 150 gearbox?

I have a Belle MiniMix 150 110V Electric Cement Mixer the documentation says to use a EP90 oil, but these days it seems that most outlets only sells EP80/90 oil. What is the difference and doe sit ...