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How do you wire and replace an old bathroom vanity light fixture

I am replacing a bathroom light fixture in an old condo built in the 70s. There is armored cable coming into the fixture from the wall. From my understanding is that I need to do these steps, 1) ...
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Changing out ceiling light fixture and found no box, - how to proceed?

I am replacing a ( hanging ) ceiling fixture in the dining room and found only wires and no box ( see photos ). There's no junction box and the wires are old and gnarly looking. The house was built ...
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Is this asbestos? (Insulation, transit pipe, wall board)

These pictures are from a house I just purchased in Western NY. The house was built in 1950 and I believe there are gypsum boards with plaster and lathe over them. Pipe is above a 1944 Pennco boiler. ...
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Is this flowerpot insert made from asbestos?

I own three flowerpots with strange white inserts. I haven't bought them in fact they were already part of the 1970 built house when I moved in. I've heard of asbestos flowerpots but couldn't find ...
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Old-style ceiling vent in DC rowhouse, top-floor bathroom

I'm looking to recreate the original mechanism for opening and closing the ceiling "window-frame" vent in the topfloor bathroom of my 1938 Wash DC rowhouse. Problem is, I have no friggin' idea what ...
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How do I drywall when the studs are not flush? [duplicate]

I have a problem with my bathroom. I recently had someone come and switch the door from the kitchen side to the other side while redoing my kitchen. He did a great job and the kitchen looks great. ...
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What is this pipe coming out of the basement floor?

I’m finishing an old (1930) empty basement and have a random pipe coming out of the floor. ⁠I have no clue what it is or what it went to as it sits alone in the space. ⁠It is metallic (tested with a ...
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Properly Updating Drains for Basement Bathroom Update

Pictures https://imgur.com/a/olBlrHG basically explain it. It was a "full bath" when we bought it and sold as one, (and its recorded as such for tax purposes). I want to convert it to laundry room/...
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How to straighten a sagging wooden house?

I realize that this question is probably the least DIY-type of question one could imagine, certainly for an amateur. I'm for now simply curious about what options exist. This is an old wooden house, ...
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Motion sensor light fail on this old house

My old home has a mixture of knob and tube, 2-wire, and 3-wire (w/ ground). I replaced an incandescent floodlight with a motion sensing, LED light. The circuit also has another switch in the garage, a ...
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Need help identifying baseboard cap profile

I know it's a long shot, but I'm hoping someone knows/can identify (or at least can point me in the right direction in terms of search terms) the style of this cap. I'm hoping to find a router bit/...
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Fixing leak in tub overflow with old style drain closer

I couldn't find any examples of my tub drain lever online, so I can't figure out how to remove it. The overflow is leaking, so I'd like to open it up and see what the gasket is like to replace it. On ...
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What is the best way to fix broken OLD plaster in a very old house? [closed]

I've recently bought a house which was built in the 1900s. The entire plaster walls are covered with wallpapers. First time home buyer mistake, our first project is to remove the wallpaper and paint ...
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How to repair a brass toilet flange connected to a lead pipe

I went to replace a toilet recently and I found the following situation (images below): The toilet flange was brass and connected to a lead pipe The brass flange had a crack in it, possibly because A ...
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How to take a house apart in sections to move?

I live in NC and looking for a free house to move and relocate. First, does anyone know of or how to find one within reasonable distance and second, is it possible to move one in smaller sections ...
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Plaster and Wire Mesh - dating?

My home dates to the 1890s. It has clearly been through many renovations over the years before I owned it. The walls in my living room have defied all stud finders: normal ones find nothing, magnetic ...
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Musty Smell in slab and block house

As my title states, I have a house that is on a slab and the exterior and most interior walls are block and covered with plaster. Since we bought the house we have noticed a musty smell that we ...
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ideas for using a closed stair

This is a 300 years old building split into multiple apartments in the middle of Lisbon. When doing some cleaning (removing some cover tables), what supposed to be a "small" cubicle/closet turns out ...
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Ceiling fan mounting, old home, worried I did it wrong

This weekend, I replaced a non-functioning ceiling fan in our home with a new one. The home is over 100 years old. When I replaced the fan, I found what is pictured in the attached image. It seems to ...
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Who manufactured this shower diverter valve?

I am replacing the diverter valve in a 1963 residential shower and wondering if anyone knows the make and model from the maker's marks on this hardware? I see imprinted: P-P, C.W., and 18. The ...
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What is this panel in basement wall of 1940s house?

When I removed a cabinet from our basement wall today I discovered the panel in the photo below. The panel is metal, approximately 2 ft wide and 1 ft high. It has five 1.5 inch holes in it, each one ...
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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What can be done to mitigate risk when buying a very old home? [closed]

Im looking to buy a house and I have found a house that I really like and want to buy. There are a couple issues though. While the house cosmetically looks awesome because it has been entirely ...
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Is it really a good idea to buy an old house which needs some rework? [closed]

Long ago I read somewhere that it is best to buy houses that need some amount of rework rather than those in tip-top condition. The reasons given were: There is less competition from other buyers so ...
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Once a person has bought a house (not new build) what are things to be done to maintain the house? [closed]

When we buy a car, we have to check its oil and coolant level and periodically change its filters. Different parts of the car need to be changed as the car ages since some parts have longer lifespan ...
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Using new lumber in an old wall with larger lumber dimensions

I am trying to widen the doorway to a room in a house that was build in 1905. the framing is 16 on center, however the lumber is wider than a standard 2x4. by about a 1/2 inch. (the actual dimensions ...
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Electrical tape vs Wago connector

I live in Argentina where everyone use tape and nobody know Wago connectors. Should I use tape or Wago for my house? Wago can be purchased on Ebay, not in local shops.
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Blocking Arizona Termites

So, the termites in Arizona live in the ground, and they make mud tunnels up the side of the foundation of a house to get into the wood. I was thinking, if I make a plastic lip which curls down, and ...
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What should you look for when buying a 100 year old home that has been renovated to look brand new? [closed]

I am looking to buy a 1900 house with detached garage that has been completely renovated and additions have been added to the house. However, what would be the things to look out for in such an old ...
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Safety when modifying old electrical work

I have a relatively old house, built in the 1950s. I am slowly updating it to have smart switches etc., but the existing electrical wiring is fairly haphazard. Just yesterday I replaced a dimmer ...
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Can I use separate circuits for Light / Ceiling fan combo for future backup power integration?

I am in the process of rewiring my 100 year old house. I would like to use 14/3 wire from the breaker box to run 2 separate circuits, one side will be just lights, the other side will be just for ...
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Old house, no ground wire, hoping for protection of new computer?

So, I live in an older house. My current computer has happily plugged into a surge protector, which in turn plugged into a 3 prong adapter into the two pronged outlet for 8+ years. The surge ...
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Old electrical box - how to cover?

I'm replacing and old Rittenhouse doorbell transformer as part of a smart doorbell upgrade. My problem is that the screw spacing of the cover (of which the transformer is embedded) doesn't seem to ...
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Tiling over broken fireplace hearth

My flat is an old Glasgow tenement flat built around 1900. When I bought the place, the fireplace had been badly covered. I now want to do the fireplace up so removed the covering. I am planning to: ...
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1730 House how to make Ceiling Level

We had a fire last year and had to remove our plaster ceilings. We’re left with beams that have all kinds of shims etc. that were used to level the lath. Every drywaller has had a different idea of ...
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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Is it okay to reuse Alumiconn connectors?

After having redone the aluminum-to-copper pigtails in my house's electrical outlets using AlumiConn connectors, I subsequently had to undo a few to debug a wiring problem. All I did is unscrew the ...
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Adding dedicate circuit to old panel

I want to add a dedicated circuit for a wall heater in the bathroom. Attached is a picture of my power panel. How do I tell if I have enough room to add to my existing panel? Housing is currently knob ...
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Mystery current on neutral wires coming into outlet box

In reworking outlets and switches in our 1960's California home to use AlumiConn connectors + copper pigtails where needed (instead of older wire nuts + Noalox), I came across a duplex wall box in the ...
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Can I use old cloth-jacketed wiring to power a new light?

I removed some wood paneling in a hallway closet and found this wire bundle between the studs. Is this electrical wires? Can I reuse this to install a light source for the closet?
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Two way door lock for thin door

I'm converting one of the rooms in my 1840 house into an office. The thing is I have 5 kids and need to be able to lock the door so I can have some level of quiet. I also don't want the kids tinkering ...
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Passing wire down through Exterior Wall

Replacing some old wiring with crumbling insulation. One of the wires passes down through an exterior wall from the attic, to an outlet on the second floor, and continues down to the first floor. I ...
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Hardware for a barn/sliding door that cantilevers into free space when open

I've salvaged an old door from a neighbor's demolition to upgrade the door of my small laundry closet. I thought it would be interesting to mount the door as a sliding barn door, both as a visual ...
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my house has old warped joists. Is joist blocking safe?

I purchased a house built in 1960 and like other people have mentioned the terrible bounce, I got the same exact situation. I'm thinking of installing blocking to strengthen the floor. The 7 joists ...
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Is joist blocking safe on these old warped joists?

I purchased a house built in 1960 and like other people have mentioned the terrible bounce, I got the same exact situation. I'm thinking of installing blocking to strengthen the floor. The 7 joists ...
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How old is my house?

Have purchased an older home in Corinth, MS (No. Mississippi) and found that ALL the walls are T&G on the inside with shiplap on the exterior (the exterior has been resided with vinyl which will ...
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No grounding wire in an old house?

My new house was built in 1966 and I've been told by the inspector and the electrician that put in the GFCI outlets that the meter and box are grounded but that no third wire was run through the house....
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Remove old light box with a stud and nut anchor

I read a post asking this question, but there is no answer for actually removing the box. I do want to remove the box to install a retrofit recessed LED light. My bungalow was built in 1952. All ...
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Trying to change out a ceiling fan need help… 5 wires

I'm in an old house. I removed and replaced 2 out of 3 with no problem. I get to the third and there are 5 wires: 2 black, 2 white/cream, and one bare copper wire. I think I have it hooked up right ...
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Is is okay to run 4" PVC drain pipe on the outside of a house?

I have to run 4" drain pipe for the washer that is on the second floor, but, the building being old and all, I wouldn't want to rip the floors, instead, I was thinking of running the drain on the ...