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How to fix couch covering material

This may sound like a stupid question but I only have this couch for a few years. It has a type of synthetic skin, maybe nappa and it's all getting out. Here is what is what's happening Is there ...
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Good tool hand box

I have a great old Rubbermaid Roughneck hand box that has broken a latch after 20 or so years. I am appalled at the quality and selection of boxes at the major stores today. Mostly flimsy and have ...
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5 Wires in Light Switch

I have 5 wires in the back of the light switch. It looks like there are 2 ground wires (copper, no coating) one from the breaker and one to the light. They go into different holes and then are coiled ...
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grounding wire extension

I have an above ground pool which was grounded for safety. I had to buy a new pump (motor) and unfortunately the ground wire was too short to reach the pump. I had to move the filter and pump to reach ...
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Condo Sound Insulation, Warranty

Similar to this, but not a duplicate: How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling? The goal: Verify if I have a claim towards the developer who says ...
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Replacing piping only on sprinkler system?

I have a sprinkler system in my yard with 6 valves. Two are used for drip system piping (one to the front yard which is desert xeriscape), a second for shrubs/trees in the back yard. Additionally, ...
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Can I connect circuits for a dishwasher and sink disposal unit to the same breaker?

Can the garbage disposal and dishwasher, each with its own GFCI receptacle, share the same 20 amp circuit at the main electrical panel?
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Bathtub Trip Lever Plunger Won't Go Past Lip Of Pipe

I was caulking my bathtub and was removing the caulk around the overflow plate when the linkage for the plunger came loose. I removed the linkage put the plunger back down the hole but now then the ...
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How to repair cut joist around pipe *after* framing and drywall

I'm finishing my attic and have just realized that my rough carpenter screwed up by not addressing a cut joist. In photo 1, you can see that the joists have been sistered with LVLs, but there is a gap ...
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How should I fasten window trim molding when I reinstall it?

I posted previously in regards to an exterior window trim issue I discovered, where the previous home owner did not put any waterproofing around the window. I have since waterproofed around the ...
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How to clean a domestic air conditioner

How do I clean the inside of a domestic air conditioner? Can I spray water to the coil (after the filters are off) or water will make coil to get rust?
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Is there such a thing as a smaller vent cap than the 4"

I need a vent cap to fit without touching an adjacent vent pipe i.e.vent cap cover needs to be < 4 1/2 " ( possibly might work <5" ) to fit into opening to exhaust air outside from a bathroom.
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How to automate a window to open & closed by remote commands

I'm a software developer. I would like to be able to open and close my window automatically when there is a noise outside. So first I need a Wifi Microphone, that will stream the audio to my PC. Then ...
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Converted 3 way switch to single pole. Disconnected traveler wire hot when fixture turned on

I converted a three way switch in my dining room to a single pole smart switch and plan to put a blank wall plate where the old switch resided. I identified the common wire and the two travelers (one ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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door not sitting flush with weatherstripping

I've got an exterior door that isn't tight to the weather stripping on the latch side. The door is level and plumb. The door has a deadbolt and separate knob lock. If I bring the knob strike plate ...
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Weird pipe shut off issue

This is a really weird issue and I am wondering if this is normal or if something is messed up with my plumbing. Anyways, twice now I have had to shut off the hot and cold water in different areas ...
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Can I replace a 40A water heater breaker with a 60A breaker to prevent trips?

Double 40 amp breaker tripped as HD want work. Can I use a double 60 amp on my water heater?
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How to connect dryer duct to wall?

I just removed a stove and fan, and am left with this rectangular exit for the fan exhaust. I would like to hook up a dryer in place, and am wondering the best way to connect the round duct from the ...
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Plumbing fixture for draining spa shower lines when off?

I am installing a spa shower, no tub. Is there a device I can include at low points of the outputs to the raincan, etc, that will bleed the lines when the shower is off, exploiting that there is no ...
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Electrical help on amps and wiring

I recently moved my old refrigerator into my garage next to my freezer. As soon as I plug in my refrigerator the GFCI pops. I have a 15 amp GFCI and a 15 amp breaker. The refrigerator and freezer are ...
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3 way switch controlling outlets. Top working bottom now?

So I just replaced all the outlets and switches In my new house. A three way switch controls all 4 outlets in the living room. I broke the brass tab on one of the outlets and now only the top outlet ...
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Floor-Based Electrical outlet type

Is there any requirement that mandates a residential floor-installed electrical receptacle to be a GFCI type, when said location is in a dining area, NOT located in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry / ...
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Any modern gaming/Youtube setup ideas for my new room?

What’s missing here is a desk and a closet for my clothes. Is there any way that can make my room achieve a minimalistic look considering the laptop desk and closet would be designed DIY? Thank you!
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Find joists in plaster ceiling

My plaster ceiling is cracking and the advice I’ve gotten is to cover it with dry wall. The issue I’m having is how to locate the joists in the ceiling. Is there an easy way to do this to make sure ...
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Gap between half moon window and lower windows

Is something missing in this gap? I had a lot of water come in through the top corner of this window last storm. I’ve caulked and placed silicon anywhere I can see possible. The entire house siding ...
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Dealing with cables on the walls

Whats the best way to hide or rather manage cables? Like for instance, I had setup some surveillance cameras which are wired.
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Iron bar set in concrete heavily corroded; how to mitigate?

I have a decorative concrete column (solid concrete with rebar) in front of a multi-storey house, about 10m hight. Said column is held by three thick steel bars (6 x 2 cm) that link it to the house, ...
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Drywall texture

Trying to figure out what might help me replicate this drywall texture. Fixing some cracks in the drywall and want to try to match. Any ideas? Posting pics of 2 different walls.
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Diagnostic tools for oven and microwave?

I was wondering what sort of diagnostic tool is used to detect a problem in a microwave (range) and in an oven. And would such a tool have a readout record? I had a repairman come to fix: My ...
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Utility rooms having gas

I am asking about utility rooms with gas. My main question is about the door in a dwelling. I have seen doors from city to city all have AHJ that have their own way of doing doors. Some doors are fire-...
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Non remote controlled ceiling fan turns off and on by itself

I have a ceiling fan that we turn on each night as we go to bed. During the night it turns off for an intermittent amount of time and then back on by itself. It is not a ceiling fan with a remote ...
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Toilet Paper Mounting Bracket

My toilet paper roll holder's mounting bracket has broken. I don't need to buy a whole new unit, just the mounting bracket. However, I am unable to find it anywhere. Tried the google on many ...
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How to see if a coax cable is able to receive Internet?

During construction works every cable in the house was cut off. The cable was only used for TV so far, but we want now also receive Internet by cable. Now we have a lose coax-cable (presumably from ...
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Sand like substance between the painted wall and Sheetrock making the walls crack

There is cracking in both the entry way and one bedroom of the house with this sand like substance underneath. I have had no luck looking up why this could be happening and any suggestions for how to ...
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Pvc expansion joints

Are all PVC expansion joints schedule 80? Want 2 1/2 and 3 inch. Is there a special mounting bracket for them? Or are they not needed? Pipe is in climate gets freezing temps to over 90.
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Sealing a closet door that has a gas fired water heater in it

Does anyone know how to make a self sealing door? There's a bedroom in my basement, and it has a door in there that allows you access into the HVAC room (which can be entered from another door in ...
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Can any deadbolt be made to work without an outer lock?

I am planning a secondary entrance door that does not need to be openable from the outside. So, if I have a deadbolt on the door, I just need a twist lever on the inside and no lock on the outside. ...
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No voltage after changing light switches

I turned the power off and replaced a few light switches... and when I turned the breaker back on, one of the switches on a circuit is not working. There are a few other switches on the same circuit ...
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Air conditioner will not shut off

I cannot get my air conditionar to turn off at the thermostate. I turn it to off or auto and it still runs. I have to flip the breaker off to get the unit to turn off. What could be wrong?
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Chargers for NI-CD versus NI-MH batteries

Is it safe to use an original DeWalt 9 volt battery charger (DW9118) made for NI-CD batteries on a non-OEM NI-MH type 9 volt battery made for DeWalt products?
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How can I remove random gook from a wall …?

... without damaging the wall. I previously started renting a room and the walls are a bit of a mess. I'm not a handy man but wanted to clean them up. I can't say for certain what the material is ...
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Ground wire goes nowhere from another property into mine

I live in a flying freehold and doing a renovation found a yellow and green ground wire that goes nowhere from the property below.Is it safe to cut it?
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3-way Dimmer - Lights Flicker Off When Turned On

I have corridor lights (12 of them) linked up to two 3-way dimmer's. The lights were dimmable from both sides and all worked fine. After replacing some connections in the bathroom (separate to the ...
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Sink top: spray gun lacquer or metal enamel?

I am thinking in mounting a washbasin into a 3mm steel plate. The plate will be painted in a Klein Blue. Considering that it will get wet and that there won't be too much ventilation in the room... ...
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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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If your house is built out of hemp-crete and it burns down, does anyone put the fire out?

It sounds like a joke, but it's actually a serious question. It's well documented that the world is running out of concrete. I was reading here that a Dutch company has created a concrete-...
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Could my grinder cut a 3mm steel plate

I am thinking in building a circular washbasin mounted into a 3mm steel plate. To do it, I need to cut a circle on the plate. I don't have much, just a cheap 1250w grinder and the discs that came with ...
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Install a water tank without losing main pressure

In my zone, there is a really good water pressure. The problem is that when there is a power outage, the pressure gets really bad to the point that there is no water in the house. To solve this, my ...

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