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New Minka Aire ceiling fan is making this tapping noise

My wife and I got a new Minka Aire Light Wave ceiling fan for our 1965 townhouse, and it's been making a tapping noise that's been keeping me awake. We tried installing a longer downrod since it was ...
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How do I fill this hole around radiator pipes between my attic flooring and 2nd floor ceiling?

How do I fill in this hole so that the filling doesn't fall in? The pipes are for a radiator and they lead from the attic floor down through the 2nd floor. I do not want to use expanding foam because ...
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How to ensure OSB plates are laid straight

I recently started to renovate one of my rooms, in my recently acquired old house. The house is a mix of concrete outer walls and wood joists for the subfloor structure. I plan to use 25mm (1 inch) ...
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How are these old (1900s era) US screw-in fuse boxes internally connected?

(ignore the arrows) The above pictures show the electrical panels in a house that was built in Illinois in 1909. I do not know for sure how original this wiring is, but I would guess that some ...
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The painter I hired sanded exterior lead paint with a power sander and brushed with a wire brush. What do I do?

I own a 100year old house. Did not test for lead, but assuming it has lead paint. I cannot afford to hire a lead certified painter. So I hired a painter to paint the exterior of the house after I got ...
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Inadequate beam support

a bit of an urgent matter for us, appreciate any help. Our inspected noted inadequate beam support on the main support beam (pictured). The beam seemed to have shifted. Our inspector says we can ...
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Hitting something hard drilling a screw near my curved molding in a 1906 ceiling - looks like sandy stone with hair in it - what is that?

** Updated with what I found in the drilled hole Can I just drill through it with a masonry bit, or do I need to be careful? It's a 1906 brick row house that was gut renovated in 2015. Nothing shows ...
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can this faucet be adapted to fit

When we purchased this home 5 years ago it came with this vintage faucet and we really liked it. It has been nothing but trouble and I'm finally just going to bite the bullet and replace it. I've now ...
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Is this old house safe?

I bought an old house (built 1960) which had been abandoned for the last 30 years. There was no concrete used in the construction, the base is made of some kind of white stone until about a meter up, ...
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Is it dangerous to be around old paint?

We live in a house that is around 60 years old. For the record, we live in Northern California, near San Francisco. About a year ago, when searching through our shed, we accidentally spilled a paint ...
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How should I connect a new light fixture to my wiring?

I’m new at electrics (UK-based) and am rewiring a new light. All the advice I’ve read notes that the black wires are L & N and the red are the loop with the bare coppers being the ground but when ...
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How to fix a bump over central main beam and level floor?

I reside in a 1950s-era bungalow. In its basement lies a wood beam, connecting and upholding the joists (2x10) through a 2x4 ledger that's been nailed in place. The structural walls on the main floor ...
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Door jamb framing is out of plumb

I'm remodeling our family room and will need to put flooring down. The front doorway needs to be reframed so the door sits above the floor. The current jamb is a mess likely due to our old house's ...
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What kind of drain pipe appears to be clay?

The photo below shows a venting stack that was disconnected. The stack runs from the basement to the attic and out through the roof. Which means it's perfect to pull new water, gas, and vent lines ...
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Can someone tell me what kind of fitting for this toilet water shut off valve is?

I've never seen anything like it. It's for my mom's house built in 1957. I want to know how to replace it in case we run into a leak or need to replace the toilet without shutting the water off at the ...
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Double or triple 2x8 header over exterior door in brick foundation

I have an exterior door in my 1940s era home that is not installed particularly well. The door opening has 3 joists that are over it and all of them have been sitting on only 1 horizontal 2x8. I found ...
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How can a round ceiling junction box be installed as new work with 5 layers of drywall and no demolition?

I have an 80-year-old house, and the ceiling is 5-layers of drywall thick from work performed before I owned it. I need to install two junction boxes, and one of them is in an area I cannot access ...
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Switch old light switch to new dimmer

I've moved into a older US home I'm trying to update a light switch to a dimmer. The wires are clothed but in good condition. There are two wires going to the top side screw and one on the bottom. I ...
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How do I know if the window is the wrong size?

tl;dr How can I know the size of the rough opening of the original window? Background My house is from 1951. Before us, the house was rehabbed by a DIYer who did a lot of things with a lot of errors. ...
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Terminating Unused BX Cable in Place

I have an unused BX cable with power to it in my former coal cellar of my 1925 house. The main panel has been upgraded and has Romex wire. I planned to cap the ends of the BX in a metal junction box ...
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What is this storm-window part called?

I removed all my ancient triple-stack storm windows to paint my house, but as I’m reinstalling them I misplaced one of the metal shims that holds the entire storm frame into place. This thin piece of ...
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Deodorizing Cigarette smell; getting conflicting opinions

Maybe someone here knows, or at least can point me in the right direction. My husband and I recently bought his parent's house, they were both smokers for 50 plus years, in the house. Needless to say,...
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Utilizing a broken lamp socket

I have this reading lamp socket which is broken for 20 years, home is also very old, but I am unable to put it for any good use; no one uses this lamp or will use it. Can I use it for any good use ...
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Hardwiring an old Friedland 454 doorbell chime. HELP!

Hi I have an old doorbell chime that is run off batteries. I believe it is the Friedland 454. I would like to attach a ring doorbell to it but don't think it will work as its not hardwired. So ...
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What is orange fine dust after vacuuming a new carpet in an old house

I installed a new carpet in an old house. Vacuuming the new carpet picked up orange fine dust. Do you know what might cause the dust? Do I need to worry about it? Is it possible a hidden dry-rot issue ...
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What style of home and type of construction is my home built in 1900 in Georgia, USA?

Just purchased this home this year, it was built in 1900 and is Northwest of Atlanta, GA. The real estate and hazard insurance companies considered it a "wood frame," but upon trying to ...
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How do I wire up the switch for my bathroom fan?

I purchased my first house back in February. Overall, it's been great, but we've found the people we bought it from did a little "creative" wiring we've been slowly fixing. About a month ago,...
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Upstairs wall studs sitting on top of subflooring that needs to be removed

I am currently renovating the entire second floor of my 1920's home and have run into an issue. The subflooring is currently unleveled and had intentions of pulling up the subflooring, adding a sister ...
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DIY Stucco Repair on a 100 year old brick rowhome

Hello fellow home improvement masochists. My partner and I are in a 100 year old rowhome in South Philadelphia, and we have a rear exterior wall that is stucco over brick in need of some repair. There ...
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Need help identifying stem, replacing tub stem assembly 1920s

Trying to replace two stem assemblies from what appears to be original 1920s tub as they are leaking. Bonnet of one stem is rounded so is stuck (separate issue). The other one I pulled out and am ...
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How to remove this pancake box?

I know this is a well-trodden question here, but, as per usual, there doesn't seem to be an exact example of the particular fixture that's been previously asked. I'm trying to install a ceiling fan ...
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How to clean/maintain shellacked hardwood floors?

I'm fairly sure* I have shellacked hardwood floors. It has been surprisingly hard to figure out how to best clean/maintain them. For cleaning, the main suggestions I've seen are "use a solvent-...
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1890s Victorian home: is the wood flooring worth refinishing? [closed]

Our house was built in the 1890s and has the original wood floors in it. These floors were covered with subflooring when we moved in. The previous owner jacked the house up and redid the foundation ...
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Best temporary solution for a cracked single pane window

History/Problem: This question is pretty much a duplicate of Old single pane House window has a crack, can I fix it using a resin? however this is for an old house where the entire window needs ...
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Can I ground only part of my house?

Background: My house was built in the 50s (I think) or thereabout. Hence the electrical wiring reflects the understanding of that time and is not the way that current (2023) code and safety ...
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Shoring up side of old raised concrete

I live in an old (1920) Baltimore rowhouse. The concrete basement floor was—as far as I can tell from having drilled in a few spots—poured over a pretty variable, haphazard substrate, probably just ...
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What size beams do I need to lift/support my house?

I am renovating an older home originally built in 1919 and added onto in 1949. The roof is rafters running in a T shape. So the load runs solely to the exterior walls with the exception of where the ...
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Is this wall plaster or drywall, or some other material? [duplicate]

This is an interior wall in a bedroom closet in a house built in 1940 in the northeastern US. I suspect that the material is not typical drywall from other experience hanging things on other walls in ...
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Is it acceptable to widen a non-load-bearing wall by tacking on new boards?

I have a 1940's house with interior walls made with old-style true-to-measurement 2x4's turned sideways in the wall cavity resulting in a wall with only a 2-inch wide cavity. The walls are not ...
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How can I cover the window space for winter

I reside in an older residence, and unfortunately, the windows in my living room are non-operable. Each summer, I've faced the challenge of accidentally breaking a window pane while installing a ...
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Installing front Door

I’m in Cleveland and are renovating 100 year old building. It has a retail shop on the street level and apartment above with commercial kitchen in the back of the building. I’m replacing the front ...
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Can install a GFCI outlet with only two wires in an old house?

I am working on trying to install an GFCI outlet/switch combo. I have 2 wires coming from the wall. A red and white. Can I make this work? All I see answers for is a 3 wire system
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Are cracks in a wall around a cantilevered bathroom signs of impending collapse? [closed]

My home was built in 1910 and the bathroom above the foyer has a corner that isn't supported by a wall underneath it. That corner of the bathroom is where the bathtub is. When going up the stairs you ...
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How should I lubricate a hinge that does not have a removable pin?

I live in a house with some very old hardware, including these hinges which have started to squeak. The hinges don't appear to have a removable pin, as both of the end knuckles seem to be completely ...
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Is this old wooden basement beam actually structural?

So this beam is in a sort of annoying location for a remodel and trying to figure out if this is actually doing anything. It spans roughly 8 feet and is attached to the sill plate of the foundation ...
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Old wiring to new light fan

I have 6 wires coming out 2 black ones connected with a white one 2 white ones connected and a free standing black one the new light and fan has a white and red wire what do I do
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Fixing up beat up wide plank floors

My farmhouse is about 120 years old. There is a lot of carpet upstairs, which I would love to remove. I have pets and allergies and I just think carpets are gross. I can understand why someone decided ...
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Can I remove it without destroying it - Glued P trap on clogged old laundry sink

It’s an old concrete laundry sink with a glued PVC p trap (I’m assuming) and it’s currently clogged. Snake isn’t hitting anything and isn’t making it through the p trap. It looks like there is a no ...
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Old bathroom “heat lamp fan” has two black wires?

My old bathroom, exhaust fan, light, and heat lamp is on a three function switch. When you turn on the light it also turns on a “heat lamp fan” and the vanity light and gives power to outlet next to ...
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Trouble identifying hot and neutral in old house (no ground?)

I am replacing a ceiling fan and did not note how it was previously wired before taking it down (i.e. which are the hot and neutral wire). The house is quite old (some parts over 100 years - including ...
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