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Storm Door modification

I'm trying to install a storm door on the back of my house. The house is older and the door jam seems to have been modified to an odd width on the exterior of the house. A 36" door will be too large ...
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Add a ceiling access panel above shower valve area for future plumbing access?

is it a stupid idea to add a ceiling access panel on the bathroom ceiling above the shower valve /drain area for future plumbing access? Is a plastic one ok or metal ones are better?
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Fixing a broken pipe underground without breaking the floor

Is there any way to fix a broken pipe that's located underground? I was thinking of something like a camera and a liquid like the ones used with broken wheels... And I'll try soon. Has anyone ...
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IKEA outdoor table: recovering to the original color

A few years ago, I bought a wooden outdoor table from their ÄPPLARÖ line. At the time I thought it was real wood that had been treated for outdoor use. But after my wife took a brush and water (she ...
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Will preformed concrete piers make a sufficient shed foundation in a seismically active region?

I'm building a 10' by 16' shed/workshop, and I'd like to use preformed concrete pier blocks. Is this a sufficient foundation for such a structure in a seismically active region like the Pacific ...
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Help Finding Bathroom Matching Faucets for Sink and Tub [on hold]

I am wanting to replace my bathroom sink and tub faucets having a hard time finding a website that will simply allow me to browse same types (i.e. collections, sets, families) of fixtures. ...
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Forced air furnace filter gets wet with water while A/C is ON

Noticed lately when it has been extremely hot, and my air conditioner is constantly turned on, that my furnace filter get soaked wet. Took it out , opened the furnace door to check, but there was no ...
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1920s stove pipe walled off behind kitchen

I have a giant metal pipe filled with concrete or something, it doesn't go anywhere, it's just taking up space in my closet. I assume there used to be a big wood burning stove in the kitchen, and ...
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Replacement of Open Deck Material above Garage

Water leak through vinyl and plywood from open deck, some area of plywood is rotten and become soft when walk on the surface of vinyl. The deck is 12' x 24', total of around 288 square feet. I would ...
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Replacement of plywood on open deck above garage

Water leak through vinyl and plywood on open deck, some locations already sunken due to rotten plywood underneath. I would like to replace by MDO plywood (Crezon plywood) and then paint on top of the ...
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Sub flooring requirements for 2 X 1 rectangle tile

I am about to take on a flooring project and I have never done this before. The previous owner did a DIY flooring job and it's horrible. Cracked tiles and chipping grout everywhere. So as I have ...
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grade 5 bolts not marked if galvanized?

I went to a local building supply company - one that tends to have a better selection than the big-box places - seeking some Grade 5 carriage bolts. They pointed me to bins of galvanized carriage ...
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Would Replacing an Existing 3/4“ Water Main Line with 1” Improve Overall Volume/Flow to House (GPM)

After my own inspection and talking to the utility company I have the following: The meter (near the road) is 5/8" x 3/4". From what the water company told me - this is the most commonly installed ...
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What are the most common newbie pitfalls of changing a refrigerator seals?

I would like to replace the seals on a subzero refrigerator. The videos on youTube make it look easy and I have bought the replacement seal form the subzero. I am interested in being informed so as ...
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What could cause a garage door opener trolley to only travel a few inches?

I have an older (circa year 2000) Chamberlain belt-drive opener. Today the trolley has started misbehaving. It opened the door fine this morning, but now will only travel a few inches down from the "...
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I am unable to find such t moldings or reducer where it fits my laminate to tile transition

I got this picture from another post and since I am new to this community I dont know much on how i can ask questions to existing posts or comments also it did not allow me to do so. Below is a ...
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Preparation and spraying cedar channel siding

I am repainting the cedar siding on my house. Since I have a sprayer, I'm hoping to save time by spraying. The question I have is: How best to prepare the "channel" component of the siding? The ...
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Exhaust fan in lighting circuit

There is an exhaust fan in the lighting circuit, Is it acceptable as per NEC to accommodate Exhaust fan and lighting load in same circuit
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25 feet vent ok for bathroom vent fan?

My old bathroom vent was just vented into the attic and I would like to run it to the side of my house and that is about 22-25 feet. My bathroom is 11'x6' with a 110 cfm fan. I live in Southeast PA. ...
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Should I seal sandstone? Based in UK

Deciding between porcelain 18mm and sandstone 24mm both grey. The porcelain cost about 1/3 more however if i have to seal the sandstone the cost isnt that different and over time probably works out ...
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GU24 to E26 light socket adapter — any risks?

I recently moved to a new location where instead of the common E26 light sockets, they have GU24 light sockets. This is a bit of a problem for me, because I like to use edison-style incandescent bulbs,...
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Washbasin Tap not working properly and no water pressure. Refer images

just shifted to a house and after moving in got to know about the tap situation. The house owner hasn't shown up since ages as per current roommates. Kindly view the image and suggest a solution to ...
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joist bridge for hanging porch seating

Want to build and hang a "bed/sofa" 64Lx32W on PT deck w/PT 7x2x10' rafters 16"oc. Spacing of rafters wrong for hanging. I can cut down size of the seating, but it defeats objective. QUESTION: can ...
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New vanity doesn't leave room for old J trap - how should I run the new pipe?

I am ready to cut the drain pipe behind the wall with the 12" ruler laying on it (see pics) and raise the height of the vanity's sink drain, but I'm not sure the best way to do this. I want to raise ...
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Is there a way to look through wall paintings for pencil writings?

I had pencil writings on the wall from my childhood and this year I came back home and I found that my parents had the wall repainted with white paint. I should've taken a picture of these writings as ...
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Is it OK to stop the indoor blower during heat pump defrost on split-system heat pumps?

The traditional North American split system heat pump (ignoring "dual fuel" systems for now) relies on a backup heat source to provide both makeup heat during low-temperature (below the system balance ...
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Portable AC not getting ride of condensate

I have a portable AC (LG lp1015wnr) which does not evaporate the condensate. It doesn't matter if it is in Dry or Cool mode. In both modes the water is drained from the drain pipe at the same rate. --...
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Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway?

Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway? We were given a violation for not having a 3 way switch in a basement with no entryway.
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Was this countertop stabilized properly?

I'm in Florida and recently moved into a new apartment complex. One issue we submitted for maintenance relates to a countertop you can see in the attached in the pictures. Basically, there were no ...
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Levelling exterior painted concrete floor

Want to repaint concrete patio, paint is in good shape, no peeling, but have some minor low spots that pool
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Tools for making toy wooden guns [on hold]

Thoroughly amateur hobbyist. Just started making toy guns for nephews and friends kids. Looking for recommendations for tools and techniques for better results. I've made a couple of handguns, two ...
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How can I prevent water from running off a patio to my foundation?

My house has an abandoned concrete patio at ground level. Previous owner built a 12'x 12' wood deck 14" above the concrete patio. I have rain water getting in my basement where the concrete deck ...
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SDS drill vs normal drill when drilling through external wall into joists behind

When drilling into the ceiling void from outside, does an SDS drill with SDS wood arbor bit make drilling through the thick joists easier? It certainly did make drilling the brick wall much easier ...
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Finishing garage for year-round woodworking workshop

In Toronto, ON and I'm finishing my attached double garage (20x20) in hopes of setting up a woodworking shop. It's not currently heated or cooled but I plan on using it year-round so heating is ...
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Basement ceiling/wall construction

finishing off my basement and need to use 2x2 furring strips to clear some plumbing and gas line runs. Do you install the furring strips first and build the walls up to the furring strips or walls ...
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Plumbing question adding a filter pipe diameter concerns

I am going to be adding a whole house filter to my water plumbing. I am on well water. I have 1 1/4" pipe coming from the pump going to the filter however the inlet for the filter in only 3/4". ...
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Is my HVAC system one or two transformer based?

I have read Do I have one or two 24V transformers in HVAC control circuit, but as it appears I don't have two geographically separate units for A/C and heating, believe this to be a different question....
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what should we do at the chipped tub rim lip

The new tub rim upturn lip has chipped and cracked a little. To install the wall tiles, which option is better? Install the tile backboard (is it cement board) in front of the upturned lip and ...
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How to protect stone masonry wall from weather

My external walls are made from natural stone and they were built in 1900. The weather has stripped the paint off and is causing wear to the wall. The current paint used on the wall is a matt black ...
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Should I leave a treeline to mitigate flooding in my backyard?

I have a 1942 colonial near Hartford, CT. It is a corner lot, and one of the streets I am on recently experienced a flash flood. Our house stayed dry, but we saw water up to three feet in the street ...
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What Alternatives are there to Toilet Wax Rings?

I've got a toilet to set, on a flush but rough and older metal flange. What alternatives are there to toilet wax rings? I've tried two over time, each subsequently became destroyed when the toilet ...
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What is the correct way to attach two grounding sources to my electrical panel?

I replaced my existing electrical panel with this electrical panel in order to have more available slots to redo my kitchen. I have one 6# copper wire ran & attached the water main and one 6# ...
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Can I replace just part of a 1x6 roof deck with OSB?

Redoing Roof, Roof Decking is 1x6 inch planks, and some OSB so the sheathing is mixed materials. Is it ok to replace the lower half of the roof with 3/4 or 1/2 inch plywood and keep the top half ...
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Max sill height for windows as an escape and rescue in a group R-3 occupancy?

Don't have a IBC code book available, assuming it's answered in there. Google is giving me some confusing answers
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Corrosion on hot water pipes

I have green corrosion on only the hot side of all the fixtures even the tank. But only the hot water side. Does this have anything to do with the tank's cathode rod?
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Installing a water filter on a sink with copper supply lines

I recently moved and I have a water filter that I'm trying to install under my sink. I'm used to flex lines, but this place has a piece of copper pipe running straight down from the cold water knob to ...
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Storing comsumable dry goods in your car in the summer? [on hold]

I live in South Florida where the summer sun has no mercy. I drive a new van and I've taken steps to keep the inside cooler during the day. I live in the van for weeks at a time and need to store ...
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Nest Door Bell Works Fine but Mechanical Doesn't

We recently installed a nest door bell it is working fine but, the plunger on the mechanical door bell barely moves and doesn't ring. We did verify the door bell transform is a 16 volt transformer. ...

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