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What is the right way to plumb bathroom drainage across small joists?

Finished the demo part of the bathroom remodel to find pretty significant damage to the floor joists caused by the original builder's "design" (see photos/video). Setting aside how I'm going ...
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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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Plaster & Non-Standard Wire Mesh Patching

Had some electrical work done leaving holes in walls that need to be patched. The plaster and wire mesh in my house (built in 1920) does not appear to be the typical chicken wire mesh that most search ...
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Black stains and discoloration on outer foundation wall of a house - water damage?

The outside foundation wall of this house has visible black stains and discoloration. The house is a bungalow built around 1970. No way to tell what the inside of the foundation looks like (covered ...
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Exposing brick chimney in kitchen

My 1916 house has a brick chimney (no fireplace) that runs through the corner of my kitchen and I was considering removing paneling/plaster to expose the brick. I chiseled away a small test square and ...
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In old houses is it normal to use multi wire wiring bundles out of the breaker box?

I have an old house, ca 1928. A lot of the wiring is old. A lot has been replaced over the years. I'm not an electrician but I am very comfortable doing wiring. But I don't have the experience of an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Air brick in old Toronto home?

We have a house that was built in 1937 in Toronto. It is a double brick design. On one of the outside walls, I can see what appears to be a single-brick-sized vent and I don't know what its function ...
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bleeding radiator without access to the bleeder valve

I've got a cast iron radiator where the end with the bleeder valve is shoved up against a wall. Is there any other way to bleed a radiator? Supply and return pipes are at top and bottom of the ...
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Can I ground a new light to an old metal box via a switch yoke?

All of my switches are installed in old metal boxes with no threaded ground screw holes. The boxes are wired using old cloth BX with no ground wire(grounded via casing). Some of the BX wire ...
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What hard material is behind the plaster on interior walls in my 1920s apartment?

I moved into an old (c. 1920s) rental apartment building in the northeastern US (Philadelphia) and would like to hang pictures and secure some furniture. I tried putting nails in several places ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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How should I handle grounding & neutral bonding when replacing my sub-panel?

Current subpanel was installed in the early 70s. We think we need to replace it as lights are not working (very dim, flickering/fading in/out) - we suspect an open neutral. How do we wire in a new ...
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Electrical voltage is between box and wire, not between hot and neutral. Not OK?

I live in a house that has significant issues. Here's the current one I'm wondering about. This electrical outlet box seems to be "live". There is 120v voltage running between one of the ...
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114 yr old building whooshing sound at inside water feed. No leaks/No drop in pressure inside

114 year old building, was once a commercial building, now residence: Sound is coming from what we believe to be the indoor main water feed, that is buried in the cement floor, except for nozzle, and ...
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Im a renter that recently noticed walls really bending zhould i be worried

Ive been renting an older house for about 3yrs now and the past 7 months or so I started noticing the walls didnt look even anymore they looked like they were curving. Then in spring I came ...
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old fan/light for new

I changed out an old fan/light for new. The new one has a fancy control (no remote). I finished installing and went to hook up switch. Old wires present are two red and a white, no ground. The new ...
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Is there a way to refinish underside of a toilet seat?

I have an old-ish toilet seat that has eroded a bit on the underside. Picture below. Is there a way to fix this? Is there a material I can use to paint over it or something?
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Date written on bottom of basement sink

Not exactly about home improvement, but we just bought a house and our inspector showed us that, at least here in the Northeast of the US, they would often write the date the house was completed on ...
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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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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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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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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?