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Heat transfer to adjacent solder joints

If I want to remove a soldered joint in a shower valve by heating it and pulling it, would that heat cause damage to the other soldered joints about 2-3" away on the valve?
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what brand of thermostat is this

The cover is missing from this thermostat, so I don't what brand or model it is and I don't have the manual for it.
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Proper pressure tank placement

We have a deep water well with a new submersible pump. I was getting ready to install a new pressure tank and noticed that the old one is placed after several fixtures, including the hot water heater. ...
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Do tub drains of the same diameter ever have different thread-per-inch counts?

My tub's drain flange has had the little cross piece inside it broken out, which means I cannot screw a grid drain into it. Right now, it's totally open and an invitation for my toddler to drop stuff ...
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Running 100 amp wire for future use - how many wires do i run?

i am finishing up my basement and about to close up the walls.Before i close the walls, i want to run 100 amp wire from the circuit panel, located on one side of the house, to the other side of the ...
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What is this small strip of wood in front of fascia?

I am trying to figure out what this small strip of wood at the top of my fascia boards is called. Also, what type of wood would be good to use to replace it? Cedar?
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I am replacing a ceiling fan in a bedroom and the wiring in the receptacle is confusing me

I am replacing an old ceiling fan and combination switch in a bedroom in my house. I am trying to connect a new switch that controls both functions (fan and light) separately, as well as a dimming ...
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What types of materials should I consider when designing a bench?

I am building a dividing half-wall/shelving unit to separate my living room from entrance door. I am planning to put a bench on the side closer to the door (so me and my guests can sit down while ...
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Cape Cod Insulation/Snow Melt

Is the melting pattern on this roof a sign of really poor insulation in the knee walls? Thinking about purchasing, but I don't want to spend my life fighting a poorly designed/insulated house if it's ...
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Can I cause damage to electrical appliances by unplugging them when they are turned on?

I don't mean damage caused to the socket and prongs, but only to the appliance itself.
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Using an older 200A breaker panel on a 60A feeder circuit from house?

I'm in the planning stages of a new workshop/shed build. I plan to run a 60A ciruit from the main panel in the house to a subpanel in the shed. I recently picked up a used Challenger QM322200 200A ...
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Concrete concerns

I noticed you had comments on a post regarding concrete nsects. I just read your post about a insect or type of larvae damaging concrete. Do u think its ants? Could it ne beetle larvae? Also any ...
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New Light Wiring SNAFU

The wiring box in the ceiling has black, white and red wire in it. Also a ground screw. The new light has black and white wires, plus a ground wire. Light also has dimmer feature. I hooked all up, ...
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Proper size of header to support new door in load bearing wall?

We're going to install a new linen closet off the hallway next to our recently(ish) remodeled bathroom. The wall in question is load bearing. I know how to properly build out the King and Jack studs,...
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White spirit and wire wool to remove paint traces from wood

I've been stripping paint from some softwood beams using both stripper and a heat gun (very stubborn patches and I have no idea what the paint type is - we've only owned the house for a few months). I'...
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Building a plywood door

I've got a sheet of 15mm plywood which I need to build a door out of. Basically I want to cut the door in one sheet and use the leftover for reinforcing the edges by adding a layer on each side. Will ...
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Are there timers to limit the hours a shower can be used?

I have a autistic son who tends to sleep walk. I have found him a few times sound asleep in the bathtub with the shower running. I'm looking for some type of timer that limits the hours a shower can ...
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Skinny pipe entering toilet siphon flush

The flapper came off on our siphon flush, so I bought a new one. I fitted it but it was leaking badly. When I looked properly, I noticed the inner pipe delivering the water to the toilet from the ...
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What does a single beep and one flash mean when using my Ames non contact tester

I have an Ames non contact tester. When get a single beep/light next to a light switch not a constant beep or flash. What does this mean?
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What kind of floor tile is this?

I'm trying to determine this type of common floor tile covering. Can anyone help me identify?
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Adding a bathroom

I’m trying to and a small bathroom. Is it possible to put another toliet and drain on this stack? Also I can’t have the pipes much lower where I was standing to take the picture because it is where ...
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Time disappears on close ck on stove

Changed time during day light saving time now it doesn’t appear. Have to push clock button to tell time. Need to keep time showing.
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Do you include the concrete that squeezes out under the frame as part of the depth of the concrete driveway?

We had professional concrete contractors pour a new driveway. We asked for five inches depth. When I measured at the side of the driveway I found concrete had squeezed out under the frame. Do you ...
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Best way to make sturdy Fence post for aluminum sign?

I'm looking at putting some posts up for No-Smoking signs at a local club frequented by a couple hundred kids a weekend + their families. One guy recommended Treated lumber, but I heard it'll eat ...
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Trying to install smart switches - came across something that looks wrong

I am putting in some wemo dimmers to replace my existing dimmers in a three gang box, and came across this wiring: I marked areas of concern with red circles. It seems that the two dimmers are ...
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How to adjust when hinge mortises are cut too deep?

I cut my mortises manually with a chisel and made them a notch too deep, maybe 1/16" or even less, as a result the door closes too close to the jamb and I am concerned how it will work when there is ...
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Match Paint Over Wall Repair

I have an apartment with 5 rooms inside. I painted the whole studio five years ago. I didn't really use the room. I left the apartment closed. The paint on the wall now dried out, a little faded from ...
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Inside drywall corners-mesh vs paper

Can you use mesh tape on inside drywall corners or should I use paper? Is it a matter of preference or are there some rules that are generally followed?
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Can I move a GFCI outlet from the end of a circuit to the middle to protect another oulet?

I have a single, feed cable that comes up behind my counter into a single gang box. This box has an unprotected outlet. This cable is then teed off to the left and right. The left cable feeds a GFCI ...
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Latex paint smudged onto fake river stone fireplace and mortar

We hired a painter and I’m regretting our choice because he has slopped paint everywhere. I believe I can get it off most of the surfaces but I’m particularly concerned about our fireplace. It is made ...
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Furnace blower comes on full time when the thermostat is set to Auto

I have a Maytag furnace and the blower motor comes on right away when the thermostat is placed in auto and stays on when reaching the temperature set point and the heat goes off. I have replaced the ...
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Roof Decking: Plywood/OSB over skip sheathing (decking) or should I strip to the rafters?

I have a shake roof (looks like the original from 1952!) with skip sheathing. Then an asphalt shingle re-roof over that (that makes 2 roofs in 60 years, thanks previous owners!). I have repairs and ...
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Intermittent Flickering LED Strips

I have 10 separate LED strips behind a dropped ceiling feature. Each seems to have its own driver and none appear to be connected to each other except via the same power source and switch. Two that ...
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Clogged toilet in mobile home

I cleaned my toilet and flushed all the blue cleaner down. The water barely went down. I purchased a 3' toilet snake which did nothing. I then used a much longer drain snake. Still nothing. I went to ...
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Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?

We consider buying an apartment, which has previously been used as a shop. Our only concern is that it has large windows (2,5 meters x 2,5 meters), which would function like an invitation to burglars. ...
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How to install new chandelier when impossible to fish wires?

. Want to run a brown external wire to point where I can hang chandelier. I can’t cut thru beams. Any suggestions for where to find wiring, etc.
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Bradford White water heater: burner making loud noise towards the end of the heating cycle

I have a Bradford White gas water heater. By coincidence, we noticed that the burner flame pops all of a sudden and a big flame starts up in the unit (see video for location). I sat for an hour in ...
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Can I reverse my heating zone?

I have a three zone hot water boiler based heating system. The boiler is currently at one end of my ranch style house. The radiators appear to be directionless (no valves or anything). One of the ...
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Water Distiller: Reassembly Issues

Recently the electric motor of my water distiller just stopped working (as discussed in other pages). After some struggle, I've finally found a new electric motor and was able to make the appliance ...
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How many screws are there in a 5lb box of 3 inch screws?

About how many screws are in this 5lb box? Deck Mate #9 x 3 in. Tan Polymer-Plated Flat-Head Star Wood Screws (5 lb. Pack)
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Drop ear elbow leaking at shower arm

I soldered 1/2 inch drop ear elbow to the copper pipe coming out of my shower valve that I just installed. Everything has been tight but it is leaking at the threaded female connection of the drop ear ...
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Why isn't my water heater working which is connected to my air conditioner?

I have a dryer and air conditioning on the same breaker but when I bought my house the hot water heater wire is fastened to the air conditioner wire but my hot water heater is not working. So what ...
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How can I get wood filler to match the adjacent wood when staining a floor?

I am trying to finish a wooden floor (pine), colouring it with stain. After that it shall be oiled. The process for usual painting with paints has usually been that you sand it, then apply filler, ...
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What is the recommended way to destroy mold?

Back in the day I've heard that bleach is a good way to kill mold. The other day a home inspector suggested that Dawn dish soap actually works much better than bleach. I've heard from another home ...
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How can I match the wall color after dent fixing?

I used to have a couple of small dents in one of my walls (the walls are plastered brick if that matters). I covered them and the wall is now smooth. However the main issue I have right now is the ...
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Extending Deck Post

I have a deck about 6FT off the ground with old 4x4 posts that stick up about 24" above the existing deck. I replaced the decking and when installing the railings, I noticed the posts on the deck were ...
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How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?

I have patched a couple of places at the base of my shower with silicone rubber sealant, using a caulking gun and it has worked well. The water no longer escapes from the shower. However, where I have ...
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How to handle large bluestone slabs

I'm looking for tips on how to handle large bluestone slabs. Each is 24" square, 1.5" thick, and weighs 80 lbs. They are geo-cut with thermal surface treatment. Presently I have 100 of these slabs ...
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Redoing insulation in the basement of the home I recently purchased

I recently purchased a home and have begun to do renovations on the basement. I am starting to look at insulation and so I have been researching what the best way would be to do that. The problem I am ...
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Will zero pressure in a propane line cause a leak when the pressure returns

I read that the elimination of pressure in a propane line will destroy the pipe sealing compound at the treads, causing leaks. That is the reason a propane seller will require a leak test if the tank ...

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