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Should I caulk the top and bottom of my windows on the outside?

Lots of ladybugs in the house today, and I read that they're getting in through the windows, so I went to inspect. One window in particular has a large gap at the bottom. All of the windows on my ...
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How to remove built-in shelf without damaging

I have an angled shelf I'd like to remove from an old built-in unit in the house. However, I can't see how it is secured. It is solid wood and is very sturdy. Appears to be some glue at the seams (...
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Which caulk around the sink in kitchen is a health-safe?

I need to glue the metal sink within the whole in the top-counter - a gap has appeared in one place of contact-edge between the sink and top-counter. Many people recommend silicone. My question is not ...
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Should I use natural decking oil on a dark wooden deck?

I have some decking with a fairly dark looking wood (please see photo), although it hasn't been cleaned yet so may be lighter than it appears. I need to clean and oil this deck and I already have ...
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May I use alkyd primer with acrylic paint

I have a fuel canister made in 1943, cleaned it from rust and old paint and sprayed over with gray primer that I had in garage. The primer is alcyd paint, with anti-corrosion properties. Most of my ...
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Miswired 3-Way Dimmer - Contractor used 14/2 in Traveler. How bad is it?

We just had our kitchen remodeled and the contractor moved one dimmer switch in a 3-way circuit. Today, when I went to take a look at the moved outlet, I saw a few things that set off some alarms: ...
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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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Water heater anode rod replacement, teflon tape or no?

For replacing an anode rod in a residential water heater, there seems to be some conflicting opinions regarding using teflon tape to prevent leaks. The rod manufacturer's instructions say to use it. ...
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Installing pull chain ceiling fan w/ light fixture. Two brown wires, two black wires, one red at the ceiling junction

Any ideas how to install? Just moved into an older home (built 1950s). Owner planned to install a new ceiling fan, but didn't get to it. Wondering which wires should attach to which...and if any ...
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One of the double dimmer is still on

I have changed dimmer switch in our lounge, it’s double switch, one of them is working normally, but the other one is still on and can’t switch it off or lower the light. There is more light on this ...
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Help identifying shower valve and cartridge

I can not find a manufacturer name anywhere. Here's a picture of the valve and the exploded ceramic cartridge and other pieces. Thank you very much in advance.
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Basement framing low pipe ceiling

Cleaned out the basement to start framing walls. 1950s house with a lot of water pipes below the floor joists. The main wall has a pipe about 5 inches away from the wall but runs along the majority ...
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ELECTRICAL - Max number of branches on one circuit?

Just curious. Is there a maximum number of junction boxes (and then branches coming off of those junction boxes) that one circuit is allowed by code to have? Could you theoretically just continue to ...
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Checking ground current

Background: I had a contractor finishing my basement, and part of that was installing underfloor heating using several heating mats in parallel. It worked initially but soon after it just started ...
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Floorplan reasonability check: would need to put a kitchen drainpipe in a concrete subfloor slub

I'm planning a remodel in an appartment, and the way I see the space would work the best is when I bring a kitchen quite far away from the mainlines. And layout dictates that sink drain pipe should ...
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Should a concrete curb at a patio door be built on top of or inset into the slab?

This is going to be hard to explain, so please bear with me. I am shrinking down an old 8' sliding glass door Rough opening from what appears to have been an old garage door originally. The header ...
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Sound proofing bedroom doors, what to do about air flow?

We recently replaced all the carpet in our home with hard floors, dramatically increasing the amount of noise transmission between bedrooms and the hallway. I've been researching the best ways to ...
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How do I remove this keyed Jacobs drill chuck?

I have an old Jacobs keyed drill chuck in my box-o-spares, and I need a drill chuck for my hobby lathe. I have a suitable tailstock arbour, but the drill chuck has something already installed, and I ...
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How to unclog cast iron T drain for three sinks

I have a common drain for three sinks the clogs 1-2x per year. All three sinks back up at the same time and slowly drain. Total distance between sinks is about 25ft. I suspect that the sinks share a ...
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Irrigation backflow preventer spigot location question.

I'm not sure if this is the right category to post this so here goes. Long story short I am getting ready to install my backflow preventer, Zurn 34-720A Wilkins Pressure Vacuum, on my DIY irrigation ...
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Best way to attach a light fixture wire to a log?

What would be a nice, visually unobtrusive, way to attach a light fixture wire to a decorative log ? I've been thinking of metal clamps or even a staple gun, but was wondering if there are other ...
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Unconventional thermostat wire labels on boiler

I have inherited an electric boiler for heating water in pipes running through the house. The existing thermostat is a very old and very simple mechanical one. I want to install a more recent ...
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How to light a Hearthmaster gas fireplace

I just moved into a new house I went to turn on the gas for the fireplace using the key yet I still can't light the fireplace. There's nothing showing me where to turn on the gas flow to the ...
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2 wires going into one terminal on a single pole switch?

I am very much a newbie when it comes to this stuff. I have to replace a broken light switch. When I took it apart, this is what the wiring looked like- one wire backwired and one using the side screw....
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Circuit board fuse for the air handler

where in the furnace does it say if it uses a 3 amp or 5 amp fuse for the circuit board? Or how would I know which is correct
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Tighten 1 1/2 nut under the sink

I just installed my new peerless kitchen faucet. I used my hand to tight the hex nut because the space is pretty small.(I think that the size is 1 1/2) It is temporary. I tried Basin Wrench and ...
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Better option to place tubes from indoor and outdoor units in AC

Currently AC(split ac) is positioned as shown in the image: But now i would like to move it to another place, here i cannot change position of outdoor unit. Changing AC indoor unit position will ...
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What would cause a circuit to become hot when a breaker is turned off?

First thing, I"m not an electrician but have some electrical knowledge. I'm renting in a house and am trying to help the owner with some issues. This is an older house that has a combination of old ...
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Wood creaking sound (intermittent, but persistent), how to finally put it to rest

So we bought a house built in 1986 last year. Over the past year, I've been able to identify a single (and I do meant SINGLE) knocking sound which generally repeats every 20-60 seconds until I go to ...
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Fridge turns on when banging it

My Kenmore full fridge intermittently turns off, and the only way to turn it back on is to bang it on its side. When it is off, unplugging it and plugging it back in doesn't help, neither does ...
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Baseboard socket plug replacement

So up in the attic guest room of our century home, there’s a baseboard electrical outlet that looks like a light socket (see picture below). I’m not sure what exactly to call it, and various Google ...
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How can I handle this splice joint between two shorter pieces of lumber?

I want to build a mostly ground level deck. I have created plans and I want it to be 16' x 20' one long side will have a notch for a circle of rocks and a firepit. my issue is along straight the 20' ...
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Replacing through-the-wall air conditoner

My through the wall air conditioner is no longer working. It is a Carrier GCA051B installed in 2001, with a sleeve. Assuming the sleeve is ok, what do I replace it with? It looks like the model ...
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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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What should the difference of inner to outer diameter of two pipes be to ensure one fits snugly within another?

One pipe is brass and the other is going to be made out of a hard plastic, probably acetal. I'm looking to be able to slide the acetal fitting over the the brass and have it snug enough so it doesn't ...
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What can I put over drywall on a garage firewall?

I want to add a wall covering on top of my 5/8" type-x drywall in my attached garage in Minnesota. What limitations do I have other than not to use flammable/vinyl/plastic material? What materials ...
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Is there such a thing as a combination floor nailer and finish nailer?

Last time I installed engineered hardwood, the subfloor was concrete and I floated the floor. For my current project, there's a plywood subfloor so I'd like to nail it down. However I don't have a ...
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Ceiling fan flashes once after installation but doesn’t work

I installed a Hunter Coral Gables 2 indoor/Outdoor Fan with a remote. double checked wiring and it’s good, light flashes once. Fan or light do not come on. What could be the problem?
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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Need help on error code for a solar power inverter

I have a solar array with 2 Sunpower/Sunnyboy inverters model SPR-6000m. One of the inverters has an error that from the manual (see pic) is "Inverter Interference". The indicator lights that blink ...
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Garbage Disposal / Plumbing Dilemma

I just purchased a new garbage disposal. The current plumbing will not allow the new disposal to fit in place. The main sewage line with a wye is in the way and I need to replace it. This is a single ...
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Does anyone know how these small gas tanks are called and where i can buy these? [closed]

They are used to store small amounts of gas. Usually water is above the gas bubble to push the gas out of the tank. I need something like this for a small diy project but i cant find anything on the ...
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What can cause the capacitor in an air conditioner to fail?

I just had the capacitor on my air conditioner fail. It was explained to me that the reason for this was the oil inside the capacitor got too hot, expanded, made the whole thing bulge, and no more ...
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Getting shocked by a neutral wire

I'm trying to figure out how I got a shock from a neutral wire. I didn't think it was possible until I read this article on being "in series with the neutral." Here's what happened: I was ...
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Can I remove ceiling joists without risking the integrity of my roof system?

We have a 23x12ft room that we are looking at opening up the flat ceiling. The 2x6 rafters are parallel with the long side the the room and there is one beam (3 2x6s) that seems to be a rafter tie ...
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Replacing ceiling joists with rafter ties higher up on the rafters

I'm trying to help my grandfather plan for a remodel of his 1950s home. The original structure is 24x24' with 6" rafters spaced about 20" apart on a 6/12 roof. He'd like to be able to have a "vaulted ...
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Hanging ceiling drywall, rafters not all 24” center?

I’m putting up 5/8” 4x8 sheets of drywall on my garage ceiling. I am finding the 24” center on rafters not all exactly 24”. So when I am butting up sheets some barely are able to get a screw into the ...
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Foundation for retaining wall on a hardcore base?

I'm looking to build a retaining wall 800mm (2.5ft) high and 225mm wide at the side of my house. During the original construction groundworks, the ground around my house had to be raised up about ...
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How can I figure out where squirrels are entering my attic?

Squirrels keep getting in my attic but I can't figure out where they're coming in. There may also be chipmunks, as I found a bunch of sunflower seed shells inside a lawn chair bag that was laying up ...
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weirdly wired outlet burned

My son smelled smoke and located it coming from the outlet behind and used by the refrigerator. When he pulled it out, he saw the one side of the receptacle had melted. He pulled everything out of the ...

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