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How to 'fix' a twisted murphy door?

I'm new to woodworking and am building a bookshelf door. The bookshelf I've made is constructed of hardwood. I mounted it, and the measurements and square look good, but it seems that the surface I ...
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Freezer side Latch/locking

I was wondering if there are any solutions to make a fridge/freezer have a lever-based door handle that keeps it tightly shut. I've seen commercial freezers with this feature, and was wondering if ...
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Can I substitute a 100 amp circuit breaker in a 90 amp spot?

My heat pump 90 amp circuit breaker keeps tripping. Heating guy said it is the circuit breaker and it need to be replaced. It is hot to the touch. My local store only has the 100 amp circuit breaker. ...
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Can you use a dimmer with a can (recessed) light conversion kit?

I have a can light (recessed light) that I need to convert to hanging a pendant light. The conversion kits have you plug into the socket, and I am hanging a dimmable LED fixture with a wall dimmer ...
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How to fix bathtub blemishes?

How can I take care of this bathtub blemish? It is as if a small part is missing, less than an inch in size. Also, I have a couple scratches that I'd like to hide, but I wasn't able to get a focused ...
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Baseboard water heat not heating one room; Rest of zone/house is good

I have a baseboard water heating system set up in three zones. One zone consists of two bedrooms and a bathroom at one end of my house. The thermostat for that zone is in the hallway connecting the ...
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Do I need to upgrade my service/panel to be able to have a ground?

When I purchased this house built in 1967, I was aware that some of the outlets weren't grounded. The previous owner had grounded some of the boxes, but an electrician had told him he needed to rewire ...
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How to keep a screened in porch from leaking

We recently had a contractor bail on us without finishing the addition to our home. One of his many misdeeds was our screened in porch. It is On the second floor - above our new master bathroom ...
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StoneCraft Stone veneer

I am putting in cabinets on either side of an existing fire place. Raising the cabinets 1’ off the floor. I want to use stone veneer on the front of the raised base for the cabinets. The front ...
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Side penetration on an underground pull box?

Can you make a side penetration in an underground quazite pull box 25"x30"x12"? If yes or no what codes back it up?
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What size beam to I need for a 14ft sliding door opening in an exterior wall?

I have a 2 level gable roof house with no basement. I want to replace a 6ft sliding door with a 14ft sliding door. this particular wall has the 6ft door and a 72 in window, it is an exterior wall, ...
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Loose Moen single handle faucet

Can't seem to figure out how to tighten this. The whole thing has become loose up top. It's in a new (3 yrs) house
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New sliding door with stucco behind vinyl siding

Has anyone had experience treating old (1948) stucco (3/4” stucco, metal lath, tar paper, ship lap) as wall board when installing new sliding doors or windows? I have vinyl siding that is on furring ...
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What is a NON-self-tapping screw?

Someone on the site suggested that I use "self-tapping screws", and gave me a link to the Wikipedia page about them. So, I went there, saw the definition: A self-tapping screw is a screw that can ...
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Cam lock & dowel alternatives

I have a chest of small chest of drawers held together by metal cam lock & dowel pegs. The cam lock & dowel regularly come loose. I am looking for suggestions for alternatives? the cam lock ...
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upstairs radiator not working

upstairs radiator not working - all others are ok - valve on one end Therm controller on other - took a spanner to the valve and ensured open - still will not come on - what could the problem be?
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I want to install generic capability for future car charging. What 240v outlet on the outside of the house is acceptable?

I am wiring an old house with new wires and want to have an outlet outside for charging a potential electric car. There is no carport or roof overhang, so weather resistance is important. The wall is ...
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Why do radiators need bleeding? Where does the air come from?

I had to bleed a radiator for the first time recently. This made we wonder where the air that gets trapped in radiators comes from. I'm not looking for a specific cause for my own heating system, ...
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Does this wall look sound?

I want to hang pegboard and some French cleats on my garage walls, which have some cracks in the masonry. Are these likely to be cosmetic or structural defects? Assuming I hang everything from the ...
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Name for a T-shaped piece of hardware with a screw hole in a “shaft”

What is the name of a hardware piece similar to this one, but with a threaded hole in the shaft?
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How can I apply paper covering to a glossy ceiling?

Ours is a 1911 SD house. We have a bedroom measuring 4.1M x 4.3M. We are about to redecorate the room. The ceiling (original plaster and lathe) finish is not the best and was formally gloss painted ...
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Identifying live and neutral wire of an old lamp

So I have this old wall lamp with a different color code that I'm used to: There are 2 brown wires welded together and a separate dark brown wire. As seen on the picture the 2 brown wires leads to the ...
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Does anyone know the name of this tool?

Can any one name this tool? Found it online and haven't found anything yet.
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What kind of screw should I use to affix plywood to a hollow metal door?

I need to affix a plywood frame (depth ~1.25 cm or so) to an office entrance door. The door is metallic, but not a solid metal block: it's hollow. The metal face of the door is about 2mm. This is the ...
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PIR Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor not working WSP-250

Good evening. My wall switch went from not working at all to now staying on. I removed it from the wall and it is now working but won’t shut off. I can hear something rattling on the inside as we were ...
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Camera system install

I am replacing some old cameras that came with the home to more modern ones. I took apart 1 of the cameras to find this: Now I am guessing the yellow is video, and black and red are power (hot and ...
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Why is only one of seven wires in my light box live?

Had to replace cellar porcelain light fixture when I open box up it was packed I now have 3 lines coming in, 2 with 2 wires, 1 with 3. With power on only 1 wire is showing hot with detector. So ...
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possible causes of this cinder block foundation deterioration?

I had to digout my foundation last summer because of water issues in the basement. No surprise that the drain pipes were completely clogged with a thick mat of tiny roots and mud. I was however very ...
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Pavers in sand yard

Ive got a yard that is all sand. Like legit sand. No were not on the beach, several blocks from Lake Michigan but the yard is all sand. Question is if we were to lay pavers stones down, so we need to ...
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Overflow pipe has come off the sink

We have a Corian sink and the plastic over flow pipe has popped loose. It looks like a cable tie was used on it. We put it in in 2012 Double sinks. The other sink is fine. I don’t want to call the ...
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Can I use mortar to transition a height difference between cement board and drywall?

A family member helped me install some cement board in my shower, but the cement board and drywall aren’t level. It already has two coats of red guard and is basically ready to tile. Can I use thin ...
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Brand new Whirlpool Cabrio washer makes a snoring sound during agitation. Normal or trouble?

During the agitation cycle, the washer makes a snoring (cloking) sound. I had it replaced and the second one makes the same noise. What could the reason? Brand newew Whirlpool Cabrio washer.
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Smart thermostat (high voltage) makes heater constantly on

I have a smart thermostat (Mysa) I'm trying to install. I have 2 hots coming into the gang box (black and red). These are connected to another black and red that goes into another box with another ...
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Effective Blower Speed

Looking to build a DIY conveyor belt powered by a furnace blower motor that I have kicking around using a series of pulleys to significantly step down the speed. My 3 speed Century DL1076 has an rpm ...
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How to accurately measure CFM with Digital Anemometer and Duct

We bought a digital anemometer to check the CFM of various fans we have on hand. My husband designed and 3D Printed this duct that securely mounts fans on to the anemometer for accurate readings, ...
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Compatibility for Thomas & Betts breakers

Need to replace Thomas & Betts 2-pole 30 amp breaker for a water heater. What brand would be compatible? Panel is also T&B. TBB10 (20-20) C Model #1
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Water usage when some sprinkler heads are capped off

I have removed several sprinkler heads. Does this reduce the amount of water used or do I need to reduce the time in that zone?
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Loud newly installed sump pump

New sump pump installed 1/17/20 it’s running cycle is 15-20 minutes apart but it’s very loud when the water flushed through the pipes. Before we had it replaced I never noticed it running at all. I ...
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Should I Circumvent the Pressure Regulator or Cap it for a Gas Line Pressure Test?

My gas line can't be pressurized since there is a pressure regulator installed after the gas shutoff valve. My solution was to install an additional shutoff on the outlet side of the meter, ...
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Can I install wide-plank solid hardwood over radiant floor heat?

I've been planning to replace my living room carpet with hardwood. I have radiant heating under the floor (boiler and pex piping). I was originally looking at 3/4" thick 3" to 5" wide boards, but ...
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Broken Container Cap / lid [closed]

I bought this product online (it's not a local store, so I can't walk in asking for help). The bottle fell. The container is good quality, and it survived. The cap was flimsy, and it shattered. ...
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Can I use cement backer board as a subfloor?

Would it be correct to tack HardieBacker to the floor joists directly or is it necessary to lay exterior plywood when renovating/installing a new bath floor? my home is 140 years old and the floor ...
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Pilot Switch as an indicator

I have a Leviton 5628-2W with a pilot light that indicates when the switch is in the on position. I use the switch to control a light that is some distance away and out of site from the switch ...
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In a multi-zone mini-split setup, how do you heat heat rooms without an evaporator?

I recently asked for recommendations for multi-zone heating in a small home (intended for college students). The responses overwhelmingly recommended multi-zone mini split systems. I fully agree, my ...
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How should I connect a new light fixture to three black wires and one red?

I'm changing my light fitting and I have 3 black wires, 1 white. I have tried combinations and cant get the upstairs light to come back on. Can someone help?
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Why won't my air hose engage the quick connector on a Fortress compressor?

I recently purchased a 6 gallon 175 PSI compressor from Harbor Freight. The compressor works correctly, but I can't get the fitting on the hose to index the quick connector fitting on the compressor. ...
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Upgrade / Retrofit old security system

I purchased a building that has an old ADT hard wired alarm system. I have a full set of cameras installed that allows me to monitor the building, so I would like to upgrade the alarm to one of the ...
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Analog Vom and AC reading

I have a surplus 120/240vac generator that has a problem with AC voltage invading the DC control circuit. The invading voltage is erractic. My Fluke 86-5 digital meter is to slow to accurately read ...
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Where can I find conduit bends less than 90degrees?

I'm about to run some conduit underground, and due to various obstacles can't do a dead-straight run. I certainly don't want to add 90degree turns due to the extra drag when pulling a cable though. ...
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How to run single ethernet (no PoE) in trench through garden?

I've never buried a cable before, or even run a conduit in a wall/floorspace, so this is all new to me. I've dug half the trench across the garden so far. It's only 6" deep in some places as below ...

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