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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

I come from a family that is not shy about woodworking, so I am not scared of building a carcass with dados for shelves, tacking on a face frame, then trimming it out; however, I would love to hear ...
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What options for replacing a leaking soil pipe?

There are tree roots growing in the soil pipe leading from my home to the street. (The pipe is about 75 feet long.) When it is time to repair or replace the soil pipe, what are the options and their ...
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Attached garage wall with house - cabinets to the interior?

We have an attached garage. The entrance to the garage is in an interior hallway. I'd like to break the wall a bit & install interior upper cabinets and countertops on the inside of the hallway. ...
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New washer overflows from the stand pipe

I just got a new washer and it’s overflowing from the stand pipe. My old washer was in the same stop and the standpipe never overflowed. I took a garden hose and put it in the drain and let it run for ...
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Replace soil pipe or continue cleaning it annually?

Tree roots grow into the house sewage drainage pipe some 6+ feet out of the house. Each year I have a company clean out the roots with a large drill. Replacing the pipe will be expensive. What ...
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Can we plaster our ceiling without removing the crown molding

We have removed popcorn from the ceiling and it now needs to be plastered. The crown molding in place is in perfect condition and we would like to leave it. Will it be possible to plaster the ceiling ...
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What is this electrical device shown in picture?

I was watching "Better Call Saul" and came across this electrical device. I have never seen such a device. I want to know what it is called and what does it do/measure? Here is another angle.
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Poor quality suspended ceiling installation

My home has a poorly installed suspended ceiling in my basement using 2'x 4' tiles with many tiles sagging and not attractive. I am not a fan of suspended ceilings. Is there a better ceiling choice ...
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Framing on top of brick halfwall

I have this wall that I'm wanting to make into a flat wall. I plan to use furring strips with rigid foam insulation on the bottom brick half. Then another wall of 2x4 studs in front of the existing ...
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Pressure tank rusts, leak, and draw down questions

I have this water pressure tank system: my questions: I am not sure whether it is a G.I. or stainless steel pressure water tank. How do I test what kind of material it is made of? There are so many ...
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Need help with new ceiling fan wiring

So I bought a new remote ceiling fan. I can't get the fan to turn on while connected to the receiver. I have a black, green, red and white wire coming out of my ceiling. I have all 3 greens connected ...
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Neutral and Ground at a 30 amp oulet

I have an old 30 amp outlet that I was planning to reuse. There isn't a connection for a ground, but since I am connecting to a metal box, I now have a connection between my neutral and ground. ...
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Rheem 45,000 BTU gas furnace wiring- 1991 year

What are Rheem 45,000 BTU gas furnace wiring connections for the older hot surface control board? 1991 year model: rgde-04nhacr
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Are tamper resistant receptacles really safer?

Tamper-resistant receptacles (marked with TR, sometimes know as TRR) are designed to be safer than regular outlets by making it more difficult to insert foreign objects. That said, there are lots of ...
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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

To move rainwater further away from a foundation than the standard 2~3 foot above-ground downspout extensions, what are the underground options? Example of standard downspout extension: (Photo from ...
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Overhead metal door adjustment

My overhead metal door is “wedging” when close to bottom but also is hitting a track mounting bolt when it is forced up from inside. When I push up from outside, it does not hit the bolt(s). I ...
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Moisture is leaking through my basement walls, but the house is surrounded by concrete. Worth fixing?

I'm in Minneapolis, in a house built in 1886, fully renovated a few years ago. The basement is finished. This has been an extremely wet winter, with lots of snow and ice that is now melting. Some ...
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Connecting Common Wire from thermostat to Air Handler

My apartment has a central heating/cooling HVAC system consisting of a gas-fired hot water heater which feeds hot water to a First Co air handler for heating, and a rooftop compressor which feeds ...
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When stopping and starting a tile job, what to do with the extra thinset from previous row's cleanup?

When stopping and starting a tile job, you are left with the cleanup of the thinset that extends past the tiles that have been set. This thinset can be scraped up with a trowel, but leaves a light ...
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How to hide fasteners on a horizontal wood fence?

We’re about to build a horizontal wood fence, and I’d prefer not being able to see the fasteners on the face of each plank. What’s the best way of achieving this?
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Where to find plastic corner pipe cover

I'm looking for a plastic box with 2 open sides that can be attached to the wall. Maybe about 8x8 or 10x10. I need to cover a PVC vent pipe that curves in the corner of the wall. I just can't find it....
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protecting a wood deck from rot next to a stone patio

I have a wood porch/deck built on top of a cement slab. At some point a previous HO layed a stone patio right next to this porch at the same level. The stone of the patio is abutting the wood framing ...
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installing LVP over existing engineered hardwood

Can I install LVP over existing engineered hardwood floor that are glued to a concrete slab?
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both led lights don't turn on

I just replaced a switch with an led compatible switch (lutron). It switches on two led lights. Currently i have one philips led bulb and one cree led bulb on the switch. I also figured out that the ...
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Replacing ceiling fan/light combo with standard ceiling light to wall switch

I'm replacing a ceiling fan/light combo, with a simple LED round flush "puff" ceiling light fixture. (1-blk, 1-wht, 1-grd) The wall switch only worked the ceiling fan light. The wall switch currently ...
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How to test dryer components

My dryer stopped heating. It turns on and spins but that's about it Samsung Dryer - Model DV42H5000EW/A3 I have found this article which has helped to disassemble and troubleshoot but I still have ...
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Which bolt pattern to sister a ceiling joist?

I need to sister a ceiling joist — put a 2x6 8ft piece next to existing joist, and fasten with 1/2 inch bolts. It will be supported by a stud wall on one end (but not other end) Anybody knows what ...
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Unwire a light switch

I have a light switch in a weird place in my house. I'd like to remove the light switch itself and just wire it permanently on and cover it with a flat faceplate. I'd ideally like to actually leave it ...
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Should I sand between coats of polyurethane when finishing a table?

I am finishing an oak table. I lightly sanded the polyurethane after the first coat, as per the instructions. After the second coat of polyurethane dried, I see sanding/brush marks. If I don't sand ...
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Direct Wiring (bypass thermostat) of heatpump cooling

Last September my CT80 radiothermostat would not signal cooling despite the measured temperature exceeding the temperature setpoint. It would be nice if a relative could manually switch the cooling ...
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There appears to be no ground - what do I do?

Hi! Trying to change a light switch in my house. I am Chicago within city limits. House is pretty old...it was “gut rehabbed” in the 80s but that doesn’t really mean anything. Actual building been ...
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If I have a basement mixing valve, do I need one at the shower?

If I have a mixing valve at the hot water tank, do I need to have additional mixing valves at each shower/sink/tub etc?
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Cleaning an interior Brick Wall

I had a fridge that I moved out of the way exposing another section of my brick wall, but there is a noticeable difference between the newly exposed brick and the rest. I'm not sure what this stuff is ...
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Nylon switch cover plate screws

Every time someone touches any of my light switches they get a static shock. I know the root cause is the humidity is too low, but until I fix that, I heard that nylon cover plate screws (vs the usual ...
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Outlet with 3 sets of wires

I have an outlet I've been fooling with and now I'm at a loss. New-to-me house, cable guy came and installed internet, using that outlet for router power. Later in the evening I noticed the router ...
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G24Q CFL Line Voltage

I am working with a CFL that requires a ballast to fire the lamp. This lamp is a G24Q-2. The lamp has four pins on the base. I am assuming that two of the pins are for the ballast connection and the ...
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what size wire for 100 amp sub panel

Im doing an addition on my raised ranch home, two floor, first is bedroom with small bathroom, second is family room, diagonal to garage. I need to install four recessed lights and a center fan, four ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding a skylight?

A Florida Storage Facility has 3 aisles: each must be lit when customers are in the aisle. A 15 minute timer switch controls existing LED lighting. A new sloping roof is to be installed next week. ...
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Approaches to level a concrete floor with shallow pipes

I have a situation very similar to How to level a section of raised concrete floor?. Except, in my case the obvious solution of grinding the high point is not possible. In my hallway I have a raised ...
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How do I paint stripes on a wall correctly?

Background information I tried to paint two different colored stripes on a wall. I used tape for masking the stripes and then I first painted the tape with the background color to "seal" it off. Then ...
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Will galvanized hog paneling hold up vegetable and fruit vines? [migrated]

I noticed that hog panel fencing is a lot cheaper than pipe fencing, and was wondering will the hog panel fencing hold up the weight of different vegetables ranging from kiwiberry to cucumbers (maybe ...
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Connecting female thread to female threaded faucet

I am connecting a water filter to one of my taps. It’s driving me mad. The tap itself has an aerator that is readily unscrewed. The socket on the tap itself is female threaded. Here I am holding the ...
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replacing ceiling fixture

I just moved into 1920's house and would like to install a chandelier. There are 3 wires tied together and one separate. They are not color coded. All are in some sort of fabric insulation and pretty ...
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What is this texture called and how can I match it?

I repaired a 2' x 4' section of our ceiling, and I'd like to match the surrounding texture. Is this a sprayed texture like orange peel, or just some kind of roller stipple? Assuming it was orange ...
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Wiring for dryer door switch

What is the wiring diagram for a Maytag dryer door switch? The switch came apart and im not sure how to place the wires back in the switch casing ???
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20" long remote plastic breaker handle lever

Does anyone know what kind of plastic lever that is about 20" long that can turn off or on a breaker handle so in case the breaker arc flashed, the fingers won't be injured? The following happened in ...
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Delta faucet cannot turn off water after shower

I have a new installed Delta one handle faucet in my bath. It worked well. But after just about 2 weeks, it cannot turn off water after shower. I opened it and it seems spring and seat item are in ...
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How do I replace a 3 wire switch with a 4 wire motion detection switch?

I added two images showing knob and tube wired light fixture and two wire light switch. Romex out of fixture goes to switch. Original message: I have one hot (black), one neutral (white) and a copper ...
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Waterproof membrane under alcove tub? Tiling the bathroom floor

I’ve completely demoed my bathroom, I’m going to install the alcove tub and then tile the floor. It’s a one story house and it’s a concrete subfloor. My question is: do I apply the waterproof membrane ...
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Leveling the sagging side of the home

I am buying a home and one part of the home is actually visibly sagging. While looking at the crawlspace, I've noticed that some work was done to support the home. It seems like there is no new ...

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